15 projects funded: Suite of revamps on way to Whitsundays
A RAFT of exciting projects are set to charge ahead in the Whitsundays after funding was confirmed through the Works for Queensland program.
More than $11 million will be shared across the Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac regions, backing 34 projects and creating or supporting 249 local jobs.
In announcing the projects yesterday, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the positive impacts would be felt almost immediately.
“This program is specifically designed to help councils get their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible and minimise any long-term effects of the global coronavirus pandemic which is impacting economies around the world,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We’re continuing to manage the health response and that means we have started delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, it was important to lay a strong foundation for economic recovery across the state.
“That means we’re supporting local businesses and local jobs wherever we can,” she said.
The projects confirmed for the Whitsunday Regional Council area are:
Wangaratta Caravan Park pool refurbishment
The Wangaratta Caravan Park attracts an average of 7000 visitors each year.
The project proposes to refurbish the pool amenities as follows:
– Clean, treat and resurface the pool walls
– Remove and replace capping and tiles
– Replace skimmer box and plumbing
– Install a new salt water filtration system
Proserpine Aquatic Facility residence demolition and kiosk renewal
The Proserpine Aquatic Facility attracts an average of 36,000 patrons annually.
To improve the facilities and reduce risks it is proposed to:
– Demolish the Proserpine pool residence, which includes asbestos
– Upgrade the kiosk including planning and design of new kiosk
Bowen Aquatic Facility Town Pool Amenity Upgrade – Stage 1 and 2
The Bowen Pool attracts an average of 54,000 patrons each year.
The project will look to upgrade the amenities and enable the asset to comply with Australian Standards AS 1428.1-2009.
This will be achieved by:
– Designing disability/unisex amenity
– Installing disability/unisex toilet, change room and separate showers
– Refurbishing existing amenity (male and female toilet blocks)
Cannonvale Depot Office roof replacement
This project will look to improve the sustainability of the Cannonvale Works Depot Office and Workshop through roof sheeting replacement and cyclone upgrade to roof framing.
Les Stagg Oval grandstand renewal
Les Stagg Oval is a popular sports park for all ages.
The existing 100 person grandstand is dilapidated.
This project will demolish the existing grandstand and construct a fit-for-purpose grandstand.
Collinsville Youth Coalition amenities renewal
To improve the youth coalition amenities block in Collinsville to service users it is proposed to:
– Demolish the existing amenities facility
– Construct a new modular style disabled compliant amenities block
Bowen Water Park renewal
To renew and improve the Bowen Water Park it is proposed to:
– Replace the soft fall flooring
– Install water loss reduction bunting
– Tighten blue water slide joins and repaint side
Cannonvale Foreshore Hall new playground
The playground at the Cannonvale After School Care Facility is an ageing coppers log construction that has reached end of life.
This project proposes to:
– Remove existing coppers log playground
– Install a new fit for purpose modular playground
Cannonvale Foreshore Hall roof renewal (after school care)
The Cannonvale Hall is used as an after school care facility and community facility and recent building condition inspections identified it as needing an urgent roof renewal.
Works to include installing a new roof.
Whitsunday Coast Airport roof renewal
The project will look at repairing the airport roof and improving the airport facility through constructing a new roof and installing solar.
Continuation of pedestrian path lighting on Airlie foreshore
The project will extend on the initial Airlie Foreshore Project to ensure that lighting standard P3 is adhered to along the Fairy Tree Park segment of footpath.
Works to include installing additional LED lights above the footpath.
Proserpine water and sewer admin re-roof
The Proserpine Water and Sewerage Administration building has been identified as having structural issues with the roof and wall cladding to the main office.
Proposed works include:
– Replace roof sheeting, flashings, wall sheeting
– Repair roof structure
Bowen Aerodrome Workcamp
The Bowen Workcamp residence exterior cladding and footings to the structure are failing. The proposal is to clad over existing external walls with PVC cladding and restump the building using HDG steel posts.
Bowen Aerodrome sewerage treatment renewal
The Bowen Aerodrome amenities have seen a substantial increase in use with the Whitsunday Skydivers operating from the site.
To meet increased demand it is proposed to replace the sewerage treatment system at the Bowen Aerodrome amenities building.
Collinsville Pool amenity and kiosk upgrade
The Collinsville Pool attracts an average of 16,000 patrons each year and amenities require upgrades in particular to comply with Australian Standards AS 1428.1-2009.
Works to include:
– Design disability/unisex amenity and existing amenity (male and female toilet blocks)
– Install disability/unisex toilet, changeroom and shower separate