Rockhampton council's $18m plan to get CQ spending again
THE $4.6 million Pilbeam Drive repair works following Cyclone Marcia are one of the local projects set to be put to tender in a bid to boost the region's sluggish economy.
It is among $18 million in capital works projects announced by Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow in a full council meeting yesterday.
She also announced a $500,000 stimulus package for a "once-off" footpath program to be delivered by the private sector.
Alongside these two moves, council will also waive infrastructure charges for CBD development and extend the existing infrastructure concession for businesses outside the CBD for another year.
"The measures that we announced today are designed to support local jobs and to target areas where we can readily push money out into the community," Cr Strelow said.
"We have also decided to extend the Infrastructure Charges Concessions for a further 12 months in recognition of the current economic conditions."
The projects initiated out of the $500,000 will run in addition to council's current footpath works.
Cr Strelow said contractors should be provided with immediate jobs from the plan.
The majority of the $18 million in projects bought forward will go to tender in the next three months.
The bulk of this work relies on approval of disaster relief funding from higher levels of government.
As well as Pilbeam Dr repairs, projects include urban and rural post-Cyclone Marcia flood damage works and $1.6 million worth of work at the region's water and sewerage plants.
"These projects are ones which have either been delayed or created because of Cyclone Marcia or are beyond the capacity of our own teams to deliver this financial year," Cr Strelow said.
"Any tendered packages will not interfere with council's established works programme nor to impact on our workforce.
"These measures are intended to drive economic activity as well to deliver much needed infrastructure for the region.
"This package is in response to local industry feedback about the need to support local jobs, provide certainty to developers who are planning new projects and to provide short term stimulus across the region."
The budget is expected to remain in surplus, with no new borrowing.
Projects which will go to tender in coming months include:
- Pilbeam Drive NDRRA flood damage works: $4,600,000*
- Urban NDRRA flood damage works: $4,000,000*
- Rural NDRRA flood damage works: $3,000,000*
- North Rockhampton Sewerage Pump Stations Electrical Upgrade: $500,000
- Design and Construction of a Chemical Oxidation Treatment Process at the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant: $300,000
- Installation of UV Disinfection at the Mount Morgan Water Treatment Plant and Mount Morgan Sewage Treatment Plant: $250,000
- Electrical Upgrade of Lakes Creek Rd, Belmont Rd and Prestige Estate Sewerage Pump Stations: $270,000
- Refurbishment of the Primary Valve Pit at South Rockhampton Sewage Treatment Plant: $150,000
- Renewal of the Primary Sedimentation Tank Travelling Bridges at the South Rockhampton Sewage Treatment Plant: $150,000
*Subject to approval of disaster relief funding.