BUSY YEAR AHEAD FOR GRIFFITH CITY COUNCIL
Griffith City Council is gearing up for another busy year, with a number of large-scale projects earmarked to get underway.
Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi, said a lot had been achieved in 2018 and 2019 was shaping up to be just as productive.
Council's budget for 2018/19 includes projects such as the next stage of the Southern Industrial Link Road and the Griffith Regional Sports Precinct.
Meanwhile Stage 1 of the Central Business District (CBD) Upgrade (Yambil Street from Jondaryan Avenue to Kooyoo Street) commenced in October 2018 and is scheduled for completion mid-2019.
“We are happy with how the work in Yambil Street is progressing and thank businesses and the community for their patience and cooperation,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the new footpaths, landscaping, seating and improved access to shops.”
In 2018 Council submitted a business case to the State Government under the Regional Sports Infrastructure Program for a $24.8M Sporting Precinct Project, with $10M towards Stage 1 announced in October.
“We were successful in obtaining $10M for this exciting project which involves the construction of a 50m pool at the existing Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre and significant expansion of facilities at West End Oval,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“This sports hub is an opportunity to put Griffith on the map in terms of regional sporting facilities. Tenders are currently being called for the design and construction.
“Council will maintain community focus and continue to involve residents in these projects. We will provide more opportunities for people to have their say and encourage community input.”
With the new roundabout at the intersection of Thorne Road and Kidman Way almost finished, planning and design work is well underway on the Thorne Road West/Bromley Road/Lavender Bend section.
“The unavoidable delay in construction on the Thorne Road Roundabout, which was associated with the difficulties in arranging the relocation of the power poles, has been disappointing, but that will be sorted very soon,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“The shared pathway connecting Hanwood and Griffith will also get underway this year.
“Our community can be confident Council is in a sound financial position to be able to deliver services they need now and into the future.
“It helps that numerous grant applications were prepared and submitted with good news received on several fronts including a $1.1M upgrade for Griffith Regional Theatre and a facelift for Memorial Park.”
Funding has also been secured for a new amenities block at Jubilee Oval and a substantial community stage and toilet facilities in the City Park /Community Gardens precinct. Planning of these projects will progress this year.
The Western Riverina Country Universities Centre Study Hub is due to be up and running by 1 July 2019. This Centre also includes a branch located in Leeton.
"The Country Universities Centre is currently recruiting to fill the position of Centre Manager. This is a great opportunity for someone with a real passion for education and looking to make university tertiary education for regional students an exciting experience,” Cr Dal Broi said.
For further information or to apply for the role of Western Riverina Country Universities Centre Manager go to www.seek.com.au
Some of the 2018 highlights:
• Construction of Thorne Road East, a new road forming part of the Griffith Southern Industrial Link Road
• Substantial completion of new Roundabout on intersection of Thorne Road and Kidman Way
• Commenced planning and design on Thorne Road West/Bromley Road/Lavender Bend
• Completed new shared paths in Noorebar Avenue, Griffith and Edon Street, Yoogali
• Commenced the long awaited upgrade to Yambil Street, which is stage 1 of the CBD upgrade
• Undertook works associated with Crossing Street railway crossing upgrade
• Completion of a new skate park in Olympic Street
• The Village Sewer reticulation project connected properties in Tharbogang,
Nericon and Lake Wyangan
• A culvert on Halse Road was replaced and Cooper Road at Bilbul was constructed and sealed
• Work on the East Mirrool Regulator (EMR) flood gates at Yenda got underway