Contracts signed for main street
THE Airlie main street upgrade is one step closer to the official turning of the first sod. Contracts between Whitsunday Regional Council and the construction company awarded the tender, Probuild Civil, were signed on Thursday, December 22.
Council's CEO John Finlay said this was "an amazing milestone" for the Council.
"There's been 40-odd reports done over the years and this is about making that happen.
"It'll be absolutely fantastic for Airlie Beach - it will make Airlie Beach the premier tourist destination for the region," he said.
Mr Finlay said Council was very grateful to the state and federal governments for their contribution to the project, "because without that this wouldn't happen".
Probuild Civil general manager Mark Angrove said his company was now looking forward to getting on with the job.
"As a company we've had our eye on the project for some time. We made a concerted effort to win the job and we're very pleased we did," Mr Angrove said.
"Our project manager will move up to Airlie Beach. He'll be here 24/7. He's going to put his kids in school here," he said. Mr Angrove said Probuild Civil had already established a "laydown area" on Waterson Way, and anticipated having personnel on site from the end of the month.
"All up we'll have about 40 people including labourers. Obviously there'll be peaks and troughs, but we're aiming to have all the major construction work and hard landscaping done by December 2012," he said.
In terms of a more specific start, Mr Angrove said there was quite a lot of planning for pedestrian and traffic management to be done in the immediate stages.
"I think you'll find towards the end of April things will really ramp up," he said.