A more than $1.7 million upgrade of water mains in Hermit Park and Hyde Park is underway now.
Water mains along Yeatman Street, Armstrong Street and Queens Road will all be upgraded as part of the project which is funded by the Queensland Government’s COVID Works for Queensland program.
Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said these upgrades form part of Council’s commitment to invest in infrastructure projects in the suburbs.
“As part of our capital works investment this financial year, Council is upgrading essential underground water infrastructure throughout the city and this project is part of a larger one to upgrade water mains along Charters Towers Road,” Cr Cook said.
“It will involve replacing existing water mains along Yeatman Street, Armstrong Street and Queens Road which will allow for new water connections along Charters Towers Road.
“By upgrading these water mains, Council will be able to provide an improved service to our residents and businesses in the area and ensure that Townsville’s infrastructure will last longer and continue to support the city as it grows.
“This project is being delivered by Newlands Group who will be using local contractors and staff to get the work completed with 20 jobs being supported throughout the life of the project.
“I’d like to thank the State Government for providing the funding for this project through the COVID Works for Queensland program.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the COVID Works for Queensland program is providing $200 million to support the Queensland economy.
“Townsville City Council has received more than $13.5 million through the COVID Works for Queensland, which will support more than 80 jobs,” Mr Stewart said.
“This funding has provided an economic stimulus to our economy which took a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID Works for Queensland funding was in addition almost $70 million in funding that Council has received from the earlier rounds of Works for Queensland that has supported more than 1,600 jobs across the city.”
This combined project is expected to take 6 months to complete – weather permitting, and there may be lane or road closures during this time.
Council thanks residents for their patience while the project is underway.