10 May 2023

Cook Shire kept busy with capital works

| Sarah Martin
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The Jensen’s Creek Bridge upgrade is among Cook Shire’s $37 million capital works program. The bridge is expected to be open later this month.

COOK Shire Council says $37 million worth of upgrades, repairs and other projects are under way or have been recently completed across the Cape.

The capital works project update at last month’s council meeting included details on 38 projects earmarked for the 2022-23 financial year across housing, roads, bridges, boating, airport and other sectors.

The long-awaited $1.3 million Jensen’s Crossing Bridge upgrade is on track to be open this month, with bridge girders being delivered to replace the timber log structure with a one-lane concrete bridge.

Dust will soon be a thing of the past on more than 2km of Portland Roads Road, with the tender process under way on a $3 million sealing project, while planning has started for $100,000 of repairs to the tiny community’s town hall.

The region’s disaster resilience capabilities have been boosted with a series of flood warning infrastructure, including cameras at Oaky Creek causeway, Poison Creek, Wallaby Creek bridge, Hann River, Wenlock River, and at Portland Roads Road.

Flashing warning lights at Oaky Creek causeway and the Little Annan bridge on the Mulligan Highway have also been installed.

A planned ablutions block at the busy Starcke River boat ramp is in the scoping phase.

Cook Shire said it was hoping to secure funding for the project.

Comfort and security have been improved at Cooktown’s aged care facilities with new air conditioning, painting, door replacement, plumbing works and security screening.

A state government funded addition to Cooktown’s boat ramp is in the design stage, with the $300,000 project to deliver a footbridge and floating pontoon adjacent to the existing boat ramp.

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