A significant upgrade to a pedestrian crossing in Crescent Street will improve safety between two popular parks in the Childers central business area.
Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the upgrade, due to commence in early September, will link Millennium Park and Apex Tramway Park.
“Millennium Park contains public conveniences as well as several sheltered seating areas. It is also the location for a popular play area complete with barbecue facilities.
“Council is also in the process of undertaking a $120,000 upgrade to Apex Tramway Park through the installation of new play equipment, seating, tree planting and signage.
“The project will result in a genuine play hub in the heart of Childers with the new equipment designed for younger children to complement the adventure-style playground in the adjacent Millennium Park complex,” Cr Trevor said.
“It is extremely important that Council implements this crossing upgrade to ensure the safety of pedestrians, children and families accessing the parks and play areas.”
Cr Trevor said traffic management will be in place during construction which is expected to be undertaken on weekdays between the hours of 6.30am and 5pm and take an estimated four weeks to complete.
Council parks and gardens portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said Crescent Street is also the location for the town’s very popular RV Friendly parking which attracts substantial business to the town area.
“Normal use of the park by RVs and vans will continue uninterrupted during the crossing upgrade but will be subject to the required traffic management arrangements,” he said.
Cr Honor said the upgrade of Apex Tramway Park, which is proceeding in tandem with the crossing work, is a joint initiative of Council and the Federal Government with the government contributing $50,000 through its Community Development Grants Program.