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July 8th 2011
Cr Roberts' update following budget

Following last week's Townsville City Council budget, Cr Trevor Roberts wrote to Magnetic Times with "a snapshot of spending for the Island over the next financial year."

Cr Roberts writes:

Flooding along Manday Avenue from Barton Street to Sooning Street has been casue for serious concern for many years for residents living in the area know as the Grove to the rear of the Nelly Bay State School. Just over two years ago the residents in this area with the help of MIRRA raised with me their very real concerns about health issues from overflowing septic tanks as well the water runoff through their properties that results in water lying around for weeks following the wet season.

Like the residents I was also very concerned about health risks for the students at the school and how this water moved through the school grounds. My first action was to secure the early rollout of the sewer mains through this area to allow residents to move from septic tanks to council sewerage. The aim is for these mains to be completed before this wet season. Queensland Education recognised the need to improve their internal drainage at the school and some very good work has been done to that end.

It's taken a lot of consultation and looking at different ways to attack this problem but I am pleased to announce that I have secured the funding for stage one of a three stage plan to improve drainage from Barton Street down to Sooning Street and across to the Grove. $150,000 has been set aside for stage one that will in part include the lowering of the intersection of Mandalay Ave and Barton St and construction of spoon drains to divert the flood waters in that area down to Gustav Creek. The aim of the three stage plan is to start at the top and work our way down redirecting the flow of flood waters that will help residents and the school kids. Very large rain events will still be an issue but that was no different right across the state during this years very heavy wet and cyclone season.

Other very important works on the island include:-

* $2 million dollars towards replacing water mains on the island to provide the community with reliabel water supply.
* The water projects are part of council's lomg term strategy to upgrade water mains, pump stations and water storage.
* Council will also continue it's extension of the island's swerage services to get more properties off outdated septic systems and onto the network.
* $86,000 will be spent on three bus stops at Mcabe Street in Arcadia and Sooning Street Nelly Bay.
* $1.1 million dollars Magnetic Island Transfer Station, with construction to begin in 2012/2013.
* $113,395 Natural Area and Dry Tropics Rainforest Site maintenance.
* $10,000 Geoffery Bay Coast Care project ( co-funded by Federal Government)
* $500,000 for design work for the Magnetic Island Walkway (This is council's contribution to the project and is not part of the $4.8 million dollars we are seeking from the Federal Government to build this much need facility). Concrete pathways could start almost immediately. The design of the suspended walkway around the point between Nelly Bay and Arcadia will require very detailed design work.

The day to day services are of course over and above what's listed above.

I hope this gives Island residents and insight into both my commitment and the council's commitment to Magnetic Island.

To add your comment,
or read those of others, see below

Cr Roberts' update following budget
July 10th 2011
Where is "Manday" Avenue?? typo?? How about some money being spent on establishing paved footpaths? Uneven footpaths, with divets due to loss of tree courtesy of Yasi, contributed to a sprained ankle of one resident taking her morning walk today to my knowledge.

What do you think? Send us your comments.

Readers comments
Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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