Since coming into office in 2012, the Unity Team has placed a high priority on delivering capital works – projects that enhance the liveability of Cairns associated with recreational and cultural facilities, and critical infrastructure associated with our transport network, and water, waste and wastewater facilities.
During the past two terms of office, more than $1 billion of capital works have been delivered throughout the Cairns local government area. (see graph)
Included in the works delivered are major projects such as the:
- Construction of the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre and redevelopment of Munro Martin Parklands ($81 million)
- Redevelopment of Lake Street ($21 million) and the extension of Lake Street to Airport Drive ($4.5 million)
- Construction of a new rock wall at Machans Beach ($16 million)
- Construction of the Moody Creek detention basin ($10 million)
- Redevelopment of the Tobruk Memorial Pool ($23.7 million)
- Refurbishment of School of Arts building and museum fit-out ($10 million)
- Development of major sporting precincts Walker Road, Petersen Park, Martyn Street Netball reserve, Alley Park, and Endeavour Park ($20.5 million)
- Major upgrade of Lake Street multi-storey car park ($6 million)
- Creation of hundreds of new car parks in the CBD and in the busy hospital precinct.
Over the past two terms of office, the Unity Team has put a strong focus on delivering better infrastructure in our suburbs.
The majority of the $305 million spent on our transport network and drainage improvements over the past seven years has been in the suburbs, with major road upgrades, new kerb and channelling, shoulder sealing, and footpaths.
Since the Unity Team came into office in 2012, it has boosted the funds allocated to the Suburban Enhancement Program from $1 million in 2012 to $6 million in 2019.
Some of the major road projects that have been delivered by a Unity Council are:
- $7.5 million upgrade of Aumuller Street to widen it to four lanes
- $8 million extension of Logomeir Road to connect Bentley Park and Edmonton
- $4.5 million to construct a new bridge on Collins Avenue and $1.4 million upgrade to McLean Street
- $2.6 million to construct new access road (Portelli Road) at Redlynch
- $8.3 million for replacement of Deep Creek Bridge and Rudge Bridge (Josephine Creek)
- $2.3 million to undertake major upgrade of O’Brien Road, Smithfield
- $1.4 million to widen busy Mill Road, Edmonton
- $2.4 million to construct new section of McGregor Road, Smithfield
- $3.6 million for major upgrade of Robert Rd / Bicentennial Rd intersection.
Critical infrastructure associated with our water and wastewater network, and our waste facilities has also been of high importance, with $287 million spent in this area over the past eight budget cycles.
Some of the major works undertaken are:
- New rising sewer main constructed to serve the new suburb of Mt Peter
- Commencement of the multi-million dollar Smart Water Meter rollout
- Construction of several new sewage pump stations and water pump stations
- New water mains constructed in CBD, Paradise palms-Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Behana Creek to Edmonton
- Northern Beaches trunk water main constructed
- Commencement of $7 million upgrade to the Materials Recovery Facility to increase diversion from landfill up to 90% and increase capacity for recyclables
- Installation of glass crushing plant to enable production of Re-glass for use by Council and local industry for construction projects
- Major upgrade of Buy Back Shop increasing patronage significantly and purchase of goods for re-use
- Pilot water treatment plant constructed at Gordonvale Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Major upgrade of Edmonton Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Major upgrade ($7.6 million for Stage 1) of Earlville sewerage network to address performance issues on the existing trunk sewer network.