Bundaberg North is soon to become a hub of construction, with work being undertaken to pathways and water pressure upgrades within the suburb.
Currently under construction is a new stretch of pathway on Hanbury Street and Perry Street as part of Council’s 2019-2020 Pathways Program.
Bundaberg Regional Council has appointed Christensen Industries Pty Ltd, and their sub-contractor Baldwin Plumbing to undertake the construction of a concrete footpath and associated pedestrian refuges.
Council's Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said 440 metres of concrete pathway would connect with existing pathways.
“These pathways will also connect to the newly constructed railway line crossings recently completed by Queensland Rail,” he said.
“The project will provide additional protection with the construction of pedestrian refuge facilities to enable staged crossings of both Perry Street and Hinkler Avenue (Service Road) Street.”
Divisional representative Cr Tracey McPhee said the pathways would give local residents safer, easier access to get out and about and explore the area.
“The new pathway will connect to an existing pathway down to the river, which will encourage residents to discover more in their local area,” she said.
“My hope is residents take advantage of the new pathways by taking the dog for a walk or the kids for a bike ride.
“They can get some vitamin D and improve their health and mental well being all at the same time.”
Construction activity will be carried out between the hours of 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Works commenced this month and are expected to be completed by August 2020, weather permitting.
Water upgrades progressing
While Bundaberg North's pathways are worked on, so too is water pressure upgrades in the area with Council crews expected to have new booster pumps running as early as this week.
Water and wastewater portfolio spokesperson Cr Jason Bartels said the project would increase water pressure and also provide a second main feeding the area to the North.
“This water infrastructure will involve the installation of a water pressure main and a new booster pump station which will be situated on the Mount Perry Reservoir site,” Cr Bartels said.
“Commissioning of the new pumps has commenced and the system could be operational later in the week.”
Divisional representative Cr Tracey McPhee said the combined water main work and construction of new pathways would create a hub of activity within the next few weeks until August.
“I'm very excited that this work is being carried out for the residents of North Bundaberg and would love to acknowledge the previous Council for making this happen,” she said.
“I am proud as Divisional Representative to see so much progress going ahead.”
- Related stories: New pathway for Bundaberg North