By Dominique Tassell
Southern Downs Regional Council approved a list of projects to submit to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications for consideration from Council’s $3,154,682 allocation under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Phase Three (LRCI – Phase 3) Program at the recent Ordinary Council Meeting.
Councillor Jo McNally raised concerns about the Brock Park toilets in Stanthorpe not being a designated park. She stated it may be on a road reserve, and whether it was part of the parks rationalisation plan.
SDRC CEO Dave Burges stated they would be refurbishing what is there, gutting it and maintaining the outside with murals.
He stated he thought the facility was quite well-used.
Councillor Andrew Gale stated he noted they were re-asphalting some roads, and queried whether Maria and Sangricoli Court in Stanthorpe could be added into the mix
He stated Council had received “numerous items of correspondence” in relation to these streets.
“They were re-sealed with the spray bitumen treatment and there’s still considerable issues there,” he said.
Councillor Gale stated that he believed other projects on the list had been asphalted by developers originally, while the two streets he was drawing attention to had been Council’s responsibility.
He further stated that the spray-reseal and the loose gravel that’s come off it has been a problem for residents, who have “to go and sweep the cul-de-sac to get the rocks off”.
The CEO stated they could certainly consider those projects.
Councillor Stephen Tancred referred to the list as “Christmas come early for Southern Downs”.
He stated it was $3,154,682 million of works with no Council contribution, which is great for ratepayers.
The CEO later stated during discussions that they had prioritised the projects with asset renewal, stating they had a backlog for this.
Projects on the list
Stanthorpe streetscapes $399,682
Regional Urban Design Framework $120,000
New Christmas Tree – Warwick $50,000
McGregor Park, Stanthorpe Ablution Refurbishment $250,000
Brock Park Stanthorpe redevelopment of Toilets, Shelter and playground equipment $425,000
WIRAC Switchboard & Emergency Lighting $210,000
WIRAC change rooms upgrades $225,000
Lighting and shade sails at Allora pool $20,000
Footpath Replacement Program $150,000
Re-sheet projects $600,000
Tooth St Drainage Southern End $100,000
Glennie Heights State School Disabled Access $30,000
Boronia Streets – Boronia, Teatree, Hakea and Casuarina $155,000
Brook, Bernecker, Willow and Hansborgar Street, Warwick $195,000
Homestead Road, Rosenthal Heights Drainage Improvement $150,000
Alice St and Amosfield Road, Stanthorpe $75,000