Main St upgrade nearly half a million under budget
THE Proserpine Main St project is tracking to be finished nearly half a million dollars under budget with its completion pencilled in for June.
The project was originally budgeted at $3.8 million, but deputy director of infrastructure services at the Whitsunday Regional Council Adam Hagy said about $400 000 had been saved so far.
“We’re under budget to the tune of about half a million dollars without compromising the quality of the project,” he said.
Mr Hagy said the reason for delivering the project under budget was because a lot of the work had been done “in house” by council workers and local suppliers.
“The crews have been able to do a lot of the work in house using local suppliers,” he said.
“We always do as much as we can in house, but we’ve only got so much capacity internally to deliver.”
The Main St project includes upgrades to footpaths, landscaping, street furniture and signage as well as a new entry sign.
Mr Hagy thanked business owners for their patience during construction and said the project was on track to be completed by June/July.
“Local businesses have been very cooperative with us in delivering the project,” he said.
“The project will help in making Proserpine a little bit more attractive and drive support for local businesses.”