Bundaberg Regional Council today voted to seek management control of a section of Powers Street near the Port of Bundaberg from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said proposed upgrades, funded with assistance from the Federal Government, would support current and future commercial activities.
“The Port of Bundaberg is riding a wave of confidence and positivity and this project has the ability to support and continue that momentum,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Recent investment in the port has been led by projects like the Knauf plasterboard factory, the Altus Renewables wood pellet storage facility and current and proposed mineral export facilities.
“Combined with the bulk sugar terminal and port operations we are already seeing an increased number of heavy vehicle movements in this area.
“This project will not only support those activities but will ensure the Port of Bundaberg has the capacity to cater to any future developments in the area.”
Demaining of section of Powers Street to improve heavy vehicle access
Divisional representative Cr Scott Rowleson said “demaining” would enable Council to go ahead with improving heavy vehicle access to the port.
“Trucks can currently only access the port via Wharf Drive however this road is not suitable for the extensive upgrades required for a heavy vehicle route,” Cr Rowleson said.
“Buss Street has been identified as the ideal location for heavy vehicle access.
“Council has worked collaboratively with the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to design an upgrade and realignment of Buss St and its intersection with Powers Street to enable Buss Street to be the primary heavy vehicle access route into the port development area.”
Council successfully applied for 50 per cent funding from Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and GPC has confirmed its commitment to matching funding for the project.
Council to take control of Lihs Street
Cr Rowleson said Council had also agreed to a Department of Transport and Main Roads request to demain a section of Lihs Street in Elliott Heads which will facilitate the multi-million dollar streetscape redevelopment.
“Control of this road will give Council the flexibility it needs to progress our plans for foreshore improvements.
“Council will now have control of all sections of this road identified for inclusion in this project.”
The requests for demaining will be lodged with the State Government for its consideration.