Council to fast-track Cairns CBD projects
Erosion control along the Cairns Esplanade and renewal of the Lagoon pool plaza are among a number of significant projects to be brought forward.
The projects were selected based on the estimated time for planning, design, consultation, procurement of materials and contractors, and delivery within a six month timeframe.
Cr Manning said that while the pandemic was causing unprecedented disruption, restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus did provide an opportunity for council to bring forward some projects in the city with minimal disturbance to traders.
The council has also agreed to waive rental payments for lessees of council-owned and/or managed facilities negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
The measures endorsed today follow initiatives announced on February 12 and March 20, including a plan to bring forward $2.5 million of maintenance works.
The financial impost of council initiatives in response to the coronavirus crisis, including a three-month extension of rate payments and the fast tracking of maintenance works, was outlined at this week’s meeting.
The report noted that there was twice the amount of outstanding rates for this time of year, and when combined with other financial impacts, the council was anticipating a $20 million cash shortfall for this financial year.
Projects to be fast tracked include:
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