Multiple multimillion-dollar projects have been flagged for the Rockhampton region over the next 12 months after Mayor Margaret Strelow unveiled the largest council capital works program in four years.
Cr Strelow announced $88.7 million worth of projects in the draft 2016-17 Budget, saying each had been chosen in an effort to relieve economic pressure.
“Some capital works that were scheduled for upcoming financial years have now been brought forward to immediately create jobs and retain families in the region,” Cr Strelow said.
“This draft budget will fund major projects that are not only essential but also very exciting for the future of our region.”
Highlights in the proposed capital works budget include:
- $15.9 million for the Riverbank Redevelopment for 2017/18 (total expenditure of $35.5million for project) with a full reconstruction of Quay Street, riverside restaurant, playgrounds and smart technology creating a contemporary platform for future community events along the riverbank.
- $14 million for the redevelopment of Kershaw Gardens over three years, including funds carried forward from the current year.
- $1.1 million for Stage 2 of the Mount Morgan Sewerage Upgrade and $800,000 for Mount Morgan Water Treatment Plant works.
- $10.1 million for the repair of infrastructure damaged during Tropical Cyclone Marcia including key roads such as Pilbeam Drive, Dean St and Thozet Rd.
The budget also provides funding for key elements of the council’s Economic Development Plan to be rolled out, including the Quay Street Smart Hub which fosters innovation and small businesses to grow in the region.
Councillors have two weeks to review the draft budget before a vote on June 24 for its adoption.
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