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Council completes projects under budget

The end of 2017 saw the completion of 19 projects which were funded by the State Government’s Works for Queensland (W4Q) program. Water mains replacements, relining sewer mains, multiple bridge repairs and maintenance, along with the Towers Hill walking track and boardwalk were all completed by the 30 November 2017 deadline.

Council completed the projects on time and under budget with surplus funds of $176,000. The total budget allocation was $2,740,000 to complete the works.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the Charters Towers Regional Council on a job well done.

"Works for Queensland is a job-generating program for regional centres and these projects created or supported 113 jobs for Charters Towers and that boosts the local economy."

“Projects such as the Towers Hill walking track have the added bonus of also helping to create healthier and happier Queensland communities.”

Mayor Liz Schmidt was very happy with the outcome. “The Works for Queensland 2016/2017 projects required nomination by Council in early February 2017 and completion by 30 November 2017. It was a very quick turn-around and I’m very happy that we secured the funding and met the deadline for completion.”

Many residents are excited to use the brand-new boardwalk at the top of Towers Hill, which has completed the track to the top. The opening has been delayed due to a low hanging NBN lines.

“Council has been working with Telstra and NBN since early October to raise the line. Unfortunately, contractors haven’t been available to complete the work. We’re expecting this to be completed in approximately 3 weeks.”

For the 2017-2019 Works For Queensland round, a further $2,840,000 was allocated to Council in June of 2017. This funding will be spent on projects over the next two financial years, with all projects requiring completion by 30 June 2019.

Projects include various road and bridge works, water infrastructure, smart water meter implementation and an off-leash dog exercise area.

One of the bigger projects will be an IT communications network expansion with community WiFi hotspots. The W4Q expansion will install fibre optic cable to the Excelsior Library and install WiFi antennas at major public locations.

This project is complimentary to the installation of fibre optic cable as part of the Smart Cities initiative across a number of Council sites in Charters Towers, with additional funding through the Queensland Government Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program. Fibre optic cable will be installed from Towers Hill to Council’s Highway Depot, Administration Centre and the Airport. The fibre optic cable will increase Council's network resilience during disasters while providing a reliable and fast internet connection. Visitors and the community will benefit from the free WiFi hotspots.

The Works For Queensland program is an initiative of the Queensland Government.

OG 2 Feb 2018


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