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Countdown to finish works before school starts

17th January 2020

With the 2020 school year starting in less than two weeks, the countdown is on for road, footpath and carpark projects totalling about $3.7 million to be completed in time. 

Fraser Coast Councillor Denis Chapman said Council and contractors were working together to bring these projects to fruition as soon as possible.

“Projects marked for completion before the school year starts are currently on track,” Cr Chapman said. 

“Weather permitting, students and parents will see significant improvements as they travel to and from their schools.”

Cr Chapman said that at Maryborough State High School, the existing school crossing area in Kent Street was being upgraded in a $159,000 project, funded through the Department of Education. 

“This project includes the reconstruction of the pedestrian refuge island, realignment of the kerb and the replacement of about 95 square metres of footpath, line marking and signage,” he said. 

“Road resurfacing works are being undertaken in the vicinity of Albert State Primary School in Maryborough.  These works are part of a $1.6 million resurfacing project of parts of Maryborough including Queen, Tooley, John, Adelaide, Albert, March and Zante streets. 

“Also in Maryborough, the second stage of the Saltwater Creek Road footpath replacement project from Sydney Street to St. Helens School is being completed.  The existing pathway is being replaced with a 2.5 metre-wide concrete footpath. 

“Stage 1 works from Bongoola Road to the entrance of the Maryborough Refuse Site were completed last year. Stage 2 works ($580,000) from Sydney Street to the Maryborough Refuse Centre entrance started in December, and Stage 3 ($230,000) is to start following completion of the final design. 

“The $900,000 project includes an extension to the existing stormwater culverts, the provision of a bike-safe railing, and upgraded lighting at the Sydney Street and Ariadne Street intersections.”

Cr Chapman said this project was identified for completion through Council’s footpath inspection program and is supported by the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program. 

In Hervey Bay, Robert Street is being resurfaced between Boundary Road and Emerald Park Way. The $570,000 project is near Urangan State School and Sandy Strait State School. 

Council is extending the existing hall carpark at Yarrilee State School to the boundary line and creating an exit point onto Scrub Hill Road. The $90,000 project is funded through the Department of Education and will provide for an additional 10 parking spaces.

At Glenwood, a $356,000 project provides for an upgrade to the existing carpark at the state school to allow for the parking of 24 vehicles. The project is partly funded through the State Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. 

Cr Chapman said that with any works of this kind, some disruptions with traffic flow were inevitable. 

“Council thanks everyone for their patience and apologies if any inconveniences have occurred while these works have been in progress.”