Brisbane City Council is powering ahead with major infrastructure projects across the city to create construction jobs and supplier opportunities as we face the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said despite the impacts of coronavirus, Council is moving ahead with building a better Brisbane, with major infrastructure projects happening right across our suburbs to generate jobs and keep the economy moving.
“Despite the difficult times we’re facing, we’ve are in a period of many infrastructure milestones, including the completion of the Murphy Ellison intersection upgrade at Geebung and the completion of major construction works for Stage 1 of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade,” Cr Schrinner said.
“These two major projects have generated hundreds of thousands of job hours along with employing hundreds of residents.
“The completion of the Murphy and Ellison intersection involved input from more than 50 local sub-contractors and more than 281,400 hours went into completing safety and congestion upgrades, including the new signalised intersection and building on-road cycle lane.
“Stage 1 of the Wynnum Road project, which employed a further 800 local people, has just wrapped up major construction works, with works continuing for Stage 1b of the project.
“Brisbane City Council is the largest local government in Australia and with this ongoing coronavirus pandemic it is so important we do everything we can to invest money in our economy and keep people working.”
Cr Schrinner said Council’s continued focus on local projects was just as much about improving life in the suburbs as it was about investing in our city.
“With the completion of projects, we are getting moving on others with early works now underway to upgrade the Montague Road and Victoria Street intersection at West End, which is jointly funded by the Federal Government, and stage1b of Wynnum Road corridor upgrade is progressing,” he said.
“About 16,000 vehicles travel through the West End intersection every day, including 340 bus services, 270 cyclists and 1850 pedestrians, and the start of early works is another infrastructure milestone being ticked for Brisbane.
“Regardless of circumstances, Council recognises the need to maintain Brisbane as a well-connected city and to do this we must provide an effective transport network that delivers economic, social and environmental benefits.
“We also have a $350 million infrastructure wish list sitting the Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package for local councils, so we expect to have more projects in the pipeline in the next two quarters.”