Townsville outlines major capital works program
The extensive capital works program and a $15 million COVID-19 support package are the key parts of the council’s $648.8 million Budget.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the importance of capital works investment supporting hundreds of local jobs throughout the 2020/21 financial year had never been greater.
“Council’s $221.9 million capital investment in 2020/21 is expected to support more than 1769 jobs, at a time when our community needs it,” Cr Hill said.
Townsville Water and Waste committee chairman Russ Cook said a sizeable chunk of the council’s capital spend in 2020/21 would be on water and wastewater infrastructure.
The budget includes $23.5 million for water main renewals, which will see critical pipelines replaced right across Townsville.
“Council’s wastewater collection system will be improved at a cost of $13.6 million, while $13.2 million will be spent upgrading the city’s major water treatment facility to improve its capacity,” Cr Cook said.
“A further $4.7 million will be spent on the renewal of the city’s wastewater treatment facilities while $2.4 million will be spent on the first stage of the construction of a new wastewater pump station at Wulguru.”
The 2020/21 Budget also includes $11.6 million to upgrade landfills across the city to ensure they continue to comply with environmental best practice and can continue to meet demand well into the future.
Infrastructure Services committee chairperson Mark Molachino said local roads and pathways had also attracted a considerable investment.
“This year’s budget includes $11 million to upgrade roads across the city, ensuring residents can get where they need to go efficiently and safely,” Cr Molachino said.
“There’s also $6 million to upgrade pathways, especially around local schools, which will ensure our youngest residents can get to and from school safely.”
Cr Hill said the council would support the community’s recovery from the effects of COVID-19 by investing in jobs-generating capital works across the city.
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