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A $164.7 million capital works program is the centrepiece of the $316 million 2019/20 Budget brought down by Cairns Regional Council.

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the Budget maintained the council’s record of low rate rises, with 70 per cent of ratepayers receiving an increase of 1.5 per cent or less in their general rates.

“In delivering these low rate rises, we have still managed to maintain a significant capital works program,” he said.

“We have delivered a total of $870 million in capital works over the past six years – when you take into account this coming year, that number will exceed $1 billion.”

This year’s capital works program features:

  • $50.6 million on roads, bridges, drainage, kerb and channel, shoulder sealing, and footpaths
  • $24.2 million on improving the wastewater network
  • $28.2 million on water and waste infrastructure, and
  • $29 million of community, sport, cultural and tourism projects.
“Importantly for the CBD, which is facing some challenges at the moment, we will be commencing work on the Esplanade Dining Precinct and Stage 3 of the Shields St project, and completing the Court House refurbishment as part of the broader Gallery Precinct plan,” Cr Manning said.

Florence Street would also be redeveloped to provide improved pedestrian connectivity from the CBD to the Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Munro Martin Parklands, with nearly $10 million allocated this year and $5 million in the next budget to complete the project.

A major upgrade of the Materials Recovery Facility costing nearly $6 million is expected to deliver dividends in the recycling space.

“This upgrade will increase the capacity of the facility to deal with a greater volume of recyclables, resulting in significant increase in diversion from landfill from the current 50 per cent to up to 90per cent,” Cr Manning said.

In addition to these projects, council will continue its rollout of smart water meters, with $3.4 million allocated in this year’s Budget and $13 million slated over the next two years to complete the installations across the city.

PIC: Work on the Esplanade Dining Precinct has been funded in the 2019/20 Budget.

Cairns city tops $1b capital works over seven years