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Items of Interest – Council Meeting 20 April 2016

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Regional Arts Development Fund – Community Grants Approval

Mareeba Shire Council announced the successful RADF applicants for the Community Grant Round, the final component of the RADF 2015/16 Strategy.

1. Kuranda Envirocare Inc – Kuranda Rainforest Experience: A Self-Guided Walk $2,100

2. Kuranda Creative Arthouse – Art in the Park (CAFÉ Kuranda) $2,931

3. Chillagoe Alliance Inc – Railway Precinct: Remembrance Cove $1,124

4. Koah Sports and Social Club Inc – Koah Enquiry by Design $3,200

5. Monika Church – A Stop Motion Animation Portfolio $2,000

6. Lions Club of Mareeba – Graffiti Master Class – Metrogaine 2016 $890

Mayor Tom Gilmore said “the funding is an ongoing partnership between the Queensland Government and the Mareeba Shire Council to encourage the arts within the community. The six recipients have projects which are all certainly worthy of the support and we look forward to seeing the final results.”

“I would also like to thank the RADF Committee and staff who work hard behind the scenes assessing these applications and putting forward the recommendations to Council.”


$1.3M Upgrade for Kuranda Water Infrastructure

Mareeba Shire Council has applied for and received a grant from the State Government under the Building Our Regions Program Round One towards the Kuranda Suburban Water Security Project.

On Wednesday, Council resolved to approach the State Government to vary the application to construct a 150 kl at Hilltop Close Kuranda to the construction of a 500 kL reservoir to replace the existing 300 kL tank, which no longer is satisfactory for the long term provisions of water to the community.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said “that while this new proposal will cost Council more it is in line with our objective of bringing our aging infrastructure up to date and positioning the community well into the future.”

“We are confident that this project will ensure a reliable long term water supply for the people in the area,” he said.


Infrastructure works

The Mareeba Shire Council continues to carry out routine maintenance of parks and gardens, as well as infrastructure works over the past month.

Significant progress has been made at Grove Creek Bridge on Speewah Road which commenced in November.

“The project scope includes the widening of Speewah Bridge to two lanes, asphalt sealing, guard rail installation and line marking,” Mayor Tom Gilmore said.

“The asphalt sealing works for Stage 1, the new additional bridge lane has been completed and is now serving as the creek crossing while Stage 2, the replacement of the old bridge is being undertaken. We hope to see the total project completed in in June.”

The upgrade of Cater Road is on schedule to finish by the middle of next month. The project scope includes widening Cater Road, providing a bus parking area, asphalt and bitumen surfacing, kerb and channel and concrete footpath works.

In addition to these works, a number of footpaths have been upgraded around Bicentennial Lakes. The replacement of various sections of paved footpath with concrete footpaths has been made in and around the precinct.


External Councillor Representation

On Wednesday, Councillors were appointed as Council representatives on a number of

Boards, Associations, Committees and Community Organisations across the Mareeba Shire. These appointments foster greater community engagement between Council and the people of the Shire. The respective organisations will be contacted by Council shortly and the Councillors have all indicated their keenness to work with these important community groups.

“Our representation on these organisations provides an important conduit between these groups and Council and is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure we not only represent the community but are well attuned to the requirements so we can best serve the community’s needs,” Mayor Tom Gilmore said.