Priors Creek Construction To Commence

Another milestone has been met in the major Priors Creek Development in Atherton with the awarding of the construction contract at this month’s ordinary Council meeting.

‘The contract for site preparations was awarded to local company Northern Civil Earthworks Pty Ltd, trading as TerraNovus Civil, for $2,756, 368.70 including GST,’ said Mayor Rod Marti.

‘This is another major step in this important project to activate the Atherton CBD and Tablelands Region.

‘This stage of construction includes relocating overhead powerlines, one-way road between Vernon and Jack streets, roundabouts at Vernon and Jack streets, lighting, electrical, NBN and upgrades to stormwater, water and sewers.

‘Construction will commence in early 2024 and will take at least six months to complete.

‘The contract also included a provision for the completion of this stage of the project including demolition of the Vernon Street toilet block, upgrades to the Vernon Street / Railway Lane intersection, relocation of the mountain bike shelter and fitness equipment, and construction of new toilets, rail trail, paths, car park, urban plaza, amphitheatre, stage, landscaping, barbecues, shelters, power, lighting and bollards.

‘This additional work, valued at $6, 663, 445.60 including GST, requires a separate resolution of Council,’ said Mayor Marti.

Once completed the Priors Creek Development will be a family-orientated public space, transforming Atherton’s CBD and providing a destination for residents and visitors to meet, play, chat and connect.

An additional $900,000 in State Government funding has been announced for Stage 1 of the project.

‘This recent funding from Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP) comes on the back of last month’s announcement of more than $1.5M from Department of Transport and Main Roads for the active transport component of the development,’ said Mayor Marti.

‘It’s fantastic to receive support for this project from DSDILDP, and we thank them for their investment in our region’s future,’ he said.