Jun 26, 2018

Core infrastructure focus in Cairns capital works budget

Core infrastructure focus in Cairns capital works budget

Cairns Regional Council says it will spend more than $80 million in core infrastructure under a $165.7 million capital works budget in 2018-19.

Mayor Bob Manning said the council was continuing to invest in its water, wastewater, drainage and transport infrastructure networks to meet growing demand.

“As our population grows, so too does our need for infrastructure spending,” Cr Manning said. “We’ll be spending around $50 million this year on water and wastewater improvements, plus $27 million on transport improvements.

“More than $5.6 million will be spent on flood mitigation works such as drain widening, construction of retaining walls and redirecting stormwater flow.

“These projects form the basis of a safe and liveable city that can cope with increased demand into the future.”

Water and wastewater works will include the continuation of a major sewer upgrade at Earlville, with $6.5 million allocated to complete the project, and a $1.9 million pump station upgrade at Kewarra Beach.

Mayor Bob Manning.

About $31m will be spent on reticulated (drinkable) water infrastructure, including more than $4.5m to refurbish six of the region’s 16 storage reservoirs.

Cairns’ primary water treatment plant, at Freshwater Creek, will receive upgrades worth $3.4m, and $5m will be spent on new or improved trunk water main infrastructure.

The Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) is set to be completed this year, with $17.7 million to fund the final stages of construction and the building fitout.

To complement the new performance venue, the council will turn its attention toward a major revamp of Florence St.

About $15 million is allocated over two years to create an arbour-lined walkway connecting the CPAC and Munro Martin Parklands to the Esplanade. Detailed design is expected to commence early in the financial year.

Car parking will be boosted, with $3.8 million to be spent on creating additional car parking spaces in North Cairns.

An upgrade of O’Brien Road at Smithfield will be completed by the end of 2018, and safety improvements will be undertaken at Mill Road, Edmonton. These will include shoulder treatments to improve safety for cyclists, plus improved intersections and street lighting.

Cairns capital works budget at a glance

Total Capital Works program – $165.7 million

  • Road reseals, overlays and pavement rehabilitation – $9m
  • Kerb and channel – $4.1m
  • McGregor Rd construction – $2.8m
  • Mill Rd upgrade – $2.4m
  • Bridges – $1.6m
  • Street lighting – $1.2m
  • Water infrastructure – $31.2m
  • Wastewater infrastructure – $19.3m
  • Cairns Performing Arts Centre completion – $17.7m
  • Florence Street master plan – $6.57m ($15m over 2 years)
  • Drainage – $5.7m
  • New car parking North Cairns – $3.8m
  • Footpaths – $2.3m
  • Courthouse refurbishment – $2.1m

Artist’s impression: tropical arbours and streetscaping along Florence St, Cairns.

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