SIGNIFICANT progress is being made towards the completion of projects listed under Mareeba Shire Council’s Capital Works program.
The program is funded through a combination of council’s own funding and external grants and subsidies and according to Mayor Angela Toppin, is tracking within budget.
As part of the Mareeba Shire Water Strategy, council has progressed well with the project to upgrade the Mareeba Water Plant Booster Pump Station and the project to upgrade the Mareeba Water Plant Filtration System.
“Upgrades to the Mareeba Water Plant Booster Pump Station will achieve two critical elements; lift the firefighting capacity in the Mareeba Township and to ensure council meets the minimum required water pressure standards to its residents,” Mayor Toppin said.
“Moreover, the filtration project will see the replacement of the ageing filtration system through construction of a new 6-cell filter block.”
Council is requesting the community to reduce water usage whilst these critical infrastructure projects at the Mareeba Water Treatment Plant are being delivered.
With the current hot and dry weather conditions, the treatment plant is operating close to capacity and residents are being urged to conserve water effective immediately. Anticipated completion of the upgrade projects is 30 June 2024.
Another project to upgrade the Bicentennial Lakes Gravity Sewer Main is progressing well with the contractor installing the gravity sewer main and construction of manholes in the verge adjacent to Railway Avenue during October.
In Kuranda, the project to build the new Kuranda Heights Cemetery has progressed considerably with the bulk earthworks now complete.
“Favourable weather conditions have enabled significant progress and construction continued with the access road and car park,” Mayor Toppin said.
“Stage 1 of the new cemetery will provide burial capacity for the next ten to fifteen years.”
In Dimbulah, the construction of a new pump track is continuing.
“Council engaged with the Dimbulah community to identify a new play feature for the town and the clear feedback received was that tweens and teens needed to be catered for as well as younger children.”
“As part of the project, a new fence will be installed between the playground and the highway and Council looks forward to the new addition for our growing community in Dimbulah and Mutchilba,” Mayor Toppin said.