Infrastructure improvements remain a priority

Published on 02 February 2024

Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                      2 February 2024  

Infrastructure improvements remain a priority

Bathurst Regional Council is making significant strides in enhancing the community's infrastructure, roads, and recreational facilities. With a series of projects about to start, underway or nearing completion; the Council is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

Deputy Mayor Ben Fry emphasized the Council's commitment to enhancing regional infrastructure: "As we progress with these crucial projects, my focus remains on getting back to basics. It's about ensuring our community's foundation is strong, accessible, and sustainable, regardless of where you live. These developments reflect our dedication to those living in our villages and rural localities and those living in urban areas; not just maintaining but enriching our region's infrastructure and recreational spaces."

Stony Creek Bridge: Following the demolition of the old timber bridge, new concrete and steel abutments and deck were completed by December 2023, with road realignment works expected to finish by late March 2024, allowing the bridge to open to traffic.

Eusdale Creek Bridge: After demolishing the former timber structure, construction of new abutments and protective wingwalls was carried out from October to December 2023. The bridge deck is being fabricated, with completion and road restoration works anticipated by the end of February/March 2024.

Kellosheil Creek Flood Damage Restoration: Two of three major protective concrete walls have been constructed to mitigate flood damage, with the final wall expected to be completed by early March 2024, weather permitting.

Ralph Cameron Oval: Funded by the Stronger Country Communities Round 5 Grant, the oval will see the installation of a new bike track and upgraded shelter/playground equipment starting February, with an 8 to 10-week completion timeline.

Centennial Park Upgrade: Stage 2 works have begun, focusing on upgrading the playground and adding passive recreational features, including picnic shelters and seating, funded by the Stronger Country Community Fund.

Hereford St Development: Initial sections of a new carpark are now open, with the full project expected to complete by July 2024. This includes 770 parking spaces, two multi-use fields nearing completion, and an amenities building.

Transport for NSW Works: The council is also contracted for heavy patch repairs on state government-owned roads at O'Connell and Trunkey Roads, with work on the latter to start soon.

Deputy Mayor Cr Ben Fry added that tough decisions are made during challenging times; "We are tasked with balancing the constraints of a tight budget against the critical need for infrastructure that supports our community's growth and safety. Every dollar we allocate is scrutinised to ensure maximum impact and value. Our commitment remains unwavering to not just manage, but to strategically invest in the infrastructure that is vital for our future. It's about prudent financial management paired with a vision for sustainable development, ensuring we deliver on our promises without compromising our fiscal responsibility."






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