Council made a record investment in the Scenic Rim’s infrastructure in its 2012/13 Budget
Council made a record investment in the Scenic Rim’s infrastructure in its 2012/13 Budget.
As part of this, Council outlined plans to deliver more than $60 million worth of investment in roads, bridges and community facilities, with much of this directed towards “bitumen and bridges” to improve the region’s road network.
Last September, in an effort to convey the scope and scale of this undertaking, Council took the unprecedented step of detailing every significant capital project in a one-page document.
“We wanted the community to see for themselves exactly where the money was going and how Council was improving the roads, bridges and facilities of this region,” Mayor John Brent said.
“As part of our commitment to the Scenic Rim community, Council is reporting back on the delivery of its capital works program in an update to that original document.
“I am pleased to report that despite the heavy blow dealt to this region by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and subsequent weather events in the first quarter of 2013, Council has made great strides in delivering its program of works and improvements.
“Unfortunately, the impact of a third natural disaster in as many years has taken a toll, causing significant new or additional damage to local infrastructure.
“The redeployment of Council resources to support the community and carry out urgent repair works in the weeks following the Australia Day long weekend disaster also resulted in delays to some planned works.”
Cr Brent the region was also in a position where infrastructure only recently repaired following the 2011 and 2012 disasters had been redamaged.
“Council continues to assess the scale of this damage as it expands its existing disaster restoration program to include the damage caused in 2013,” he said.
“A commitment from the State and Federal Governments to fund a program of betterment - the rebuilding of key infrastructure to a higher standard of resilience – in addition to funds provided under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for restoration works will assist the Scenic Rim progress this “On behalf of Council, I thank you for your patience as we continue to repair and rebuild.”