Sep 28, 2016

Regional works round-up

Regional works round-up Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker and waste, sewerage and waste advisory committee chair Peter Freeleagus at the Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre.

GHD wins Moranbah landfill contract

Works are set to begin on the $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project, with Isaac Regional Council this week awarding the tender to GHD.

Mayor Anne Baker said the tender included detailed design, procurement, project management and construction administration.

“With the capacity of the current landfill expected to be exhausted in the next 1-2 years, this project is vital to meeting demand for waste disposal in the region and improving environmental performance,” she said.

“It will deliver a new landfill cell on the existing landfill reserve, storm-water and leachate ponds and provide residents with a modern, purpose built refuse transfer station.”

The Queensland Government provided $3.58 million for the project through Round 1 of the Building our Regions program, matched by $3.58 million from the council.

For project updates contact 1300 472 227 or visit

School maintenance blitz for in Mackay

Mackay and Mirani district schools will share in almost $10 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities under a Palaszczuk Government boost to school maintenance, according to Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

“This funding is part of our $667 million school infrastructure program and will help our state schools stay on top of maintenance needs and ensure students have access to quality education facilities,” she said.

The school maintenance projects include:

  • $1 million for Marian State School to extend the administration building;
  • $2.2 million for Walkerston State School to refurbish classrooms;
  • $800,000 for Mirani State High School to refurbish classrooms;
  • $700,00 for Oakenden State School to refurbish classrooms, replace air conditioning and roof;
  • $1.2 million for Mackay State High School to refurbish home economics and manual arts classrooms; and
  • $1.1 million for Victoria Park State School to refurbish swimming pool change rooms.

Local tradies can pre-register for work online at:

Kennedy Highway upgrades begin next week

Mareeba-based HEH Civil Contractors is expected to begin work next week on a $3.475 million project to build an additional overtaking lane and extend
an existing one between Mareeba and Kuranda.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the overtaking lane would be built on the Kennedy Highway near Davies Creek, in an area where road users had been calling for more overtaking opportunities.

The project is funded under the State Government’s Safer Roads Sooner program, which aims to improve road safety and focuses on implementing high-benefit, cost-effective solutions to prevent crashes and incidents on Queensland roads.

Work is expected to be completed in March 2017, weather permitting.

Up-to-date information about traffic conditions and road closures is available at or by calling 13 19 40.

Government housing boost for Townsville

Construction is expected to start on three new Government-led housing projects in Townsville by the end of the year, supporting more than 125 contractors and injecting more than $3.3 million into the local economy.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said two of the projects, totalling around $890,000, would be completed by local contractor Ron Jones the Builder, starting in October.

“Both projects involve the construction of two two-bedroom units, which are expected to be completed in February 2017,” she said.

Mrs O’Rourke said work on a new $3.26 million apartment development was also expected to start in December, with the contract being awarded to Oonoonba based company Ellis Developments.

“This three-storey apartment block will support more than 75 jobs during construction, including five opportunities for local apprentices,” she said.

“Work is expected to be complete on these 12 single-bedroom apartments, by July 2017.”



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