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Construction on Priors Creek to commence

A MAJOR milestone has been met in the Priors Creek Development journey after Tablelands Regional Council awarded the construction contract at its recent council meeting.

The contract for site preparations was awarded to local company Northern Civil Earthworks Pty Ltd, trading as TerraNovus Civil, for $2,756,368.70 including GST.

Mayor Rod Marti said this is another major step in this important project to activate the Atherton CBD and Tablelands Region.

“This stage of construction includes relocating overhead powerlines, one-way road between Vernon and Jack streets, roundabouts at Vernon and Jack streets, lighting, electrical, NBN and upgrades to stormwater, water and sewers,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2024 and will take at least six months to complete.

The contract also included a provision for the completion of this stage of the project including demolition of the Vernon Street toilet block, upgrades to the Vernon Street/Railway Lane intersection, relocation of the mountain bike shelter and fitness equipment, and construction of new toilets, rail trail, paths, car park, urban plaza, amphitheatre, stage, landscaping, barbecues, shelters, power, lighting and bollards.

“This additional work, valued at $6,663,445.60 including GST, requires a separate resolution of Council,” Mayor Marti said.

Once completed, the Priors Creek Development will be a family-orientated public space and transform Atherton’s CBD, providing a destination for residents and visitors to meet, play, chat and connect.

An additional $900,000 in State Government funding has been announced for Stage 1 of the project from Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP).

This funding comes on the back of last month’s announcement of more than $1.5M from Department of Transport and Main Roads for the active transport component of the development.

“It’s fantastic to receive support for this project from DSDILDP, and we thank them for their investment in our region’s future,” Mayor Marti said.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Council to test warning station and Police out in force over Christmas.

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