Boost to council surplus to fund new construction
NEW capital works will be constructed across the Southern Downs after council reported a $71,000 increase in forecasted operating surplus in their first financial quarter review.
The improved financial position means residents can look forward to a number of new projects to improve road safety, signage and pump stations, among other works.
Pump stations at McEvoy St and Condamine St will be upgraded to a cost of more than $670,000 and an emergency bypass design will be introduced.
Allora Swimming Pool will receive an additional $50,000 to purchase pool blankets that will prevent water evaporation over warmer months, after the club reported their disintegration more than six years ago.
A new road will be constructed at Oak Ave while various roads will be sealed across Wallangarra.
Over $160,000 will be spent on new entry signage to the Southern Downs region and the Leslie Park War Memorial will be upgraded to the tune of $30,000.
A park is planned for construction at Junabee Rd and the Allora RSL is earmarked for external upgrades.
Previously budgeted projects are well underway, with the Palmer Bridge construction ahead of schedule and the sealing of village roads in Glen Aplin completed.
A proposal to upgrade Depot Rd, Oglivie St and East St are currently being evaluated by the State Department of Infrastructure after the revised budget allowed for lesser scope.
The contract for the recycled water pipeline extension in Warwick was awarded and the design process is underway, while the two 1ML tanks for water storage at Storm King Dam have been ordered.
Councillor Jo McNally said she was pleased to announce the increased surplus and welcomed the additional funding provided by the state government for drought assistance measures.