Mareeba’s main thoroughfare will be enhanced over coming weeks as Stage 2 of the Byrnes Street beautification project gets underway.
Mareeba Shire Council started work to upgrade the streetscape along the eastern side of Byrnes Street.
This project is funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program.
Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin said the project is part of the continued Byrnes Street beautification program. “Works will include the construction of new garden beds to match those in place on the western side of the street,” Cr Toppin said.
Work commenced on Sunday 31 May with the removal of vegetation from the existing garden beds along the full length of the eastern side of Byrnes Street.
Construction of new garden beds, plantings and installation of irrigation will be staged in six sections starting at Lloyd Street and working south towards Rankin Street. Minor pavement defects will also be remedied during the construction phase. Car parking bays will also be upgraded following the installation of the new garden beds.
The Byrnes Street upgrade was initially scheduled for after the Mareeba Rodeo however given the event is not going ahead, Council decided to bring forward the project before the full COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“It is our absolute intention to minimise impacts and disruptions on local businesses as much as possible during the construction phase, and I thank business owners and the community in advance for their cooperation and patience.
Pedestrian access into shops will be maintained throughout the project; however, some parking bays may be affected for limited periods as the staged works progress.
“We look forward to seeing a refreshed and revitalised Byrnes Street,” Cr Toppin said.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of September 2020.