December 2018

Mareeba’s water main upgrade is nearing completion, with over 1200m of new pipeline being installed along Byrnes Street.

Contractors are now working on Rankin Street with the installation of the remaining pipeline set to be completed by the Christmas break.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the project delivery had been first class. “It’s a major piece of work and the team at FGF have been doing an outstanding job dealing with some unexpected delays while keeping the disruption to a minimum, ” he said.

“We thank business owners, residents, motorists and the community at large for their cooperation and patience while this critical project is being carried out.”

Council expects the project will be commissioned in the new year, securing the town’s water supply and meeting increasing demands.

“The existing pipeline has been in place for many years, and it is imperative that it be replaced as not only is it struggling to meet current demand, but due to the fact it is reaching the end of its life and may fracture which would cause serious property damage and disruption to businesses in Mareeba’s main street,” he said.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe applauded the Council on its progress of the works. “This is the kind of project the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program is designed to deliver, and the Queensland Government is proud to contribute almost $1.5 million,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The water main upgrade is a wonderful example of what can be achieved for the community when the two levels of government work together.”

The $2.5 million Mareeba CBD Water Trunk Main Upgrade is a joint initiative of Mareeba Shire Council and the Queensland Government through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Programme.

Cr Gilmore said it is vital that ageing infrastructure is replaced to avoid potential catastrophe and projects of great scale such as this would simply not be possible without support from the State Government. “Grants such as this that are being made by the Queensland Government that make these critical projects of pipeline maintenance and upgrades possible without making a serious burden on ratepayers,” he concluded.

September 2018

Works to replace the water main along Byrnes Street, Mareeba are progressing well. The $2.5 million Mareeba CBD Water Trunk Main Upgrade is a joint initiative of Mareeba Shire Council and the Queensland Government.

The pipe line installation work is expected to be completed in the second half of October with the full reseal and restoration of parking to be completed by mid-November. Contractors will then recommence work on Rankin Street with the full project expected to be completed by Christmas.

Council thanks the community and business owners for their patience and cooperation while this critical project is carried out.

August 2018

In addition to the reseal of Byrnes Street in Mareeba being carried out by Transport and Main Roads, Council will commence critical infrastructure works to replace the CBD’s water main.

Work is scheduled to begin on the Byrnes Street water main upgrade on Monday 6 August 2018 and will be completed by the end of the year.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the upgrade would allow for business growth to meet the increasing demand for goods and services in Mareeba. “The existing pipeline has been in place for many years, and it is imperative that it be replaced as not only is it struggling to meet current demand, but due to the fact it is reaching the end of its life and may fracture which would cause serious property damage and disruption to businesses in Mareeba’s main street,” he said.

The pipeline which will be replaced, runs under the footpath of the north-bound lane of Byrnes Street, from Rankin to Lloyd Streets. Contractors will carry out the work in stages to keep disruption to a minimum, starting with preliminary works on Rankin Street, before progressing north along Byrnes Street.

“There will be disruptions to traffic flow which cannot be avoided,” Cr Gilmore said.

“As the contractors move along the street, some carparks will be closed and temporary detours will be in place. Motorists are strongly encouraged to slow down, drive to the changed traffic conditions and follow advice from traffic controllers.

“Council has liaised with business owners regarding the scope of works and are asking motorists, and pedestrians to be patient while these critical works are carried out.”

The $2.5 million Mareeba CBD Water Trunk Main Upgrade is a joint initiative of Mareeba Shire Council and the Queensland Government.

June 2018

Council awarded a tender to begin the critical water infrastructure project on Byrnes Street, Mareeba at June’s Council meeting.

Last year, the Queensland Government announced a funding boost of almost $1.5 million for installation of a new water main on Byrnes Street, Mareeba from Rankin Street to Lloyd Street.

The tender was awarded to local company FGF Developments and is scheduled to begin later next month with completion due by early December.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the upgrade would allow for business growth to meet the increasing demand for goods and services in Mareeba. “The existing pipeline in has been in place for many years, and Council believes that it is imperative that it be replaced as not only is it struggling to meet current demand, but due to the fact it is reaching the end of its life and may fracture which would cause serious property damage and disruption to businesses in Mareeba’s main street,” he said.

The infrastructure upgrade which has been labelled critical will cost $2.5 million and will be funded by Mareeba Shire Council and the Queensland Government.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the Mareeba Shire Council on the important upgrade that will cater for future growth in the region.

“This critical water main will give local businesses and households increased water security which is vital to the local economy,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“It will also create and support local jobs.”

“The project includes approximately 900 metres of new PVC water main and water service connections to all existing customers located between Rankin Street and Lloyd Street,” Cr Gilmore said.

Councillor Gilmore said projects of great scale such as this would simply not be possible without support from the State Government. “Grants such as this that are being made by the Queensland Government that make these critical projects of pipeline maintenance and upgrades possible without making a serious burden on ratepayers,” he concluded.

May 2018

Mareeba Shire Council wishes to advise of planned works to upgrade the water main along the western side of Byrnes Street, Mareeba. The Queensland Government is contributing 50% of the project costs.

The water main is approaching its end of life and requires upgrading to secure a reliable water supply for businesses, services and residences along Byrnes Street.

The upgrade is essential as the current water main has required regular repairs. Without the upgrade these disruptions to businesses and residents will increase. The water main upgrade will cater for future water supply demand and business expansion.

The works will involve the supply, installation and commissioning of a new water main along Byrnes Street from Rankin Street to Lloyd Street. Council is finalising design documentation with tenders to be invited in April 2018. It is anticipated the works will commence late July 2018 and have a construction period of up to six (6) months.

Impacts and disruptions on local businesses will be minimised as much as possible during the construction phase, however traffic and some car parking will be affected for limited periods as works progress along Byrnes Street. Council is committed to keeping property holders updated throughout the project. Further information will be provided once tenders have been awarded and a project manager appointed.