Cassowary Coast Regional Council has committed to investing almost $12 million into roads and infrastructure as part of the FY21/22 budget announcement.

Mayor Mark Nolan said the allocation would support economic recovery, whilst providing lasting infrastructure to help the region bounce back after COVID-19 impacts.

“Key projects include a $941,000 investment into upgrades on Murray Street, Tully. Works will improve pedestrian access and improve road safety by undertaking road reconstruction and upgrades to kerb and channel and drainage.”

“Owen Street, Innisfail, will benefit with a $1.25 million investment into the rehabilitation of the pathways, kerb, and road on Owen Street, from Grace Street to Edith Street. Works are partially funded by Council, with just over $500,000 committed, and the remainder of the funding sourced from the Federal Government.”

Councilor Nolan said that investing in safer and more efficient roads and would not only improve safety for all road users, but it would also help strengthen the economy by ensuring our communities are connected.

“Cowley Beach Road will see an $872,500 project undertaken to remove and replace aged culverts. Culvert upgrades are important to allow rainfall runoff and floodwater to safely drain as     a flood control measure.”

“Having shovel ready projects and future planning in place will be a key lever in driving the economy over the coming years and Council has taken a new approach, with a forward design program, which will ensure detailed design is completed for projects planned for the next ten years. This $915,000 program will assist the delivery of future budgets by having full detailed plans and costings ready to progress.”

These works are just some of the many upcoming road improvement projects that Council has committed to deliver within the Cassowary Coast.

Other key projects include:

  • Mission Beach CBD carpark $450,000
  • South Mission Beach pathway project $700,000
  • Barbwire Creek Bridge renewal $999,950
  • Annual reseal program $1,000,000
  • Unsealed road renewal program $814,000
  • Sealed roads renewal program $730,893
  • Bridge renewals $400,000

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