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Council reflects on successful year for infrastructure

21 December, 2010

Council reflects on successful year for infrastructure

Acting Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced 2010 had been one of the most successful years for Brisbane Infrastructure, with a massive program of works delivered under budget in the past year.

Cr Quirk said 2010 had been an outstanding year, with many important milestones reached in the suburbs of Brisbane.

“In the last 12 months we have seen some major changes to the city with the implementation of congestion busting projects like the Go Between Bridge, the Clem 7 tunnel and City Cycle,” he said.

“We’ve also been working hard to fill in the missing gaps of Brisbane’s cycle network including the Tarragindi bikeway, Jindalee shared pathway, Bicentennial bikeway upgrade and the Camp Hill bikeway just to name a few.

“There have been three City Cats launched on the water, the introduction of the new CityGlider bus service and the opening of the $8.5 million Colmslie pool.”

Other milestones in 2010 include the opening of the Chinatown Mall, the Burnett Lane Project and the Queen Street Revitalisation Project.

Cr Quirk said even though Council was well on target to reaching its goals, there was still plenty more to come in 2011.

“Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and his Can Do team are committed to delivering on election promises and despite all of the work completed over the past year, there’s still more to be done,” he said.

“Work has only just started on the Howard Smith Wharves Restoration Project, the Legacy Way Tunnel and we still have 147 buses to build before 2012.

“There are also two more CityCats to come, along with terminal upgrades and the continuation of our very successful Road Action Program, which has seen a number of suburban roads, previously neglected by the former Labor administration, upgraded.”

The Lord Mayor will deliver another eight major suburban road and intersection upgrades in 2011 as part of his record Road Action Program (RAP).

Eight projects worth about $66 million are expected to get underway in 2011, including upgrades of Beckett Rd at Bridgeman Downs ($29m), Johnson Rd at Heathwood ($10m) and the Seventeen Mile Rocks/Duporth/Ormond Roads intersection ($9m).

“Council will keep working hard to drive the ratepayers’ dollar further and tackle traffic congestion in 2011,” Cr Quirk said. [Ends] 21 December, 2010

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