The South Burnett Regional Council will commence the design phase of the Kingaroy Revitalisation Project.
The South Burnett Regional Council will commence the design phase of the Kingaroy Revitalisation Project. Kate Darvall

Council votes to move ahead on CBD upgrade

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council is sketching up the next stage of the Kingaroy Revitalisation Project.

The set of recommendations were adopted at the council meeting held on Wednesday August 15.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the recommendations were devised to continue the development of the project scope and design.

"The decision to progress with some elements of the Kingaroy Revitalisation Project is the most responsible next step,” he said.

The council has decided to continue the preliminary design phase and schedule of quantities, determining the materials needed for the project.

They will extend the project's scope to include preliminary costings and take into account the feedback Council received during recent public consultations.

The Kingaroy Revitalisation Project will be removed from the Council's 2018/19 budget, and the $2 million loan funds already set aside will be placed in a restricted cash reserve for the project.

The future funding and staging of the project will be reviewed upon the completion of the preliminary design phase.

"We will continue to seek funding opportunities as and when they develop to minimise the cost to the community,” Cr Campbell said.

Further community information sessions will be held once this initial phase has been finalised.

"In the meantime, the project will continue to be designed and measured to provide transparency on the costs associated,” he said.

The Kingaroy Town Revitalisation Project is designed for the rehabilitation of Kingaroy CBD water mains, footpaths, roads, kerb and channel and storm water infrastructure.

Through the revitalisation of these assets, their lifespan will be prolonged, and costs and risks associated with aging infrastructure will be reduced.

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