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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she would like to wish the Whitsundaycommunity a very safe and Merry Christmas.
“On reflection, it has been a very productive year for Whitsunday Regional Council, despitechallenging circumstances, Council has achieved a huge amount and we are now in a betterposition for the future,” she said.
“I’d like to thank Council staff who have worked extremely hard to deliver the very best for ourcommunity on a daily basis.”
Some of the big achievements by Council this year include:
• Leading the response and recovery to two cyclone events early in the year• Hosting four delegations from Chinese groups looking to invest in the region• Completing the 2011 NDRRA program within scope and budget• Developing a new corporate plan for Council 2014-2019; Whitsunday 2020• Establishing an Industry Reference Group for the building industry• Adding direct flights at Whitsunday Coast Airport to and from Sydney with new carrier TigerAir• Releasing the draft Planning Scheme for the whole region, for State Interest checks• Delivering a budget which restores responsible financial management• Reducing the levy from $140 to $100• Applying for and receiving $2.48 million in Federal Government funding for the upgrade toArgyle Park Road to 1 in 100 year flood immunity• Applying for and receiving $110,000 for a new Automatic Weather Station at BowenAerodrome, to keep the Bowen community better informed in a severe weather event• Commenced the $956,000 upgrade of the stormwater drainage system, kerb and channel,and road pavement for Hinschen Street, Proserpine• Progressing the Priority Development Area (PDA) for the Whitsunday Coast Airport tomaster plan stage with the State Government• Completing the $950,000 new Cell 4 at Kelsey Creek Landfill• Progressing the Urannah Dam project through meetings with the Federal AgricultureMinister in Canberra• Releasing the Airlie Beach Access and Movement Plan, which finalises the locations of thetaxi rank, bus stops and will clarify the pedestrian crossing issues• Officially opening $107 million of community infrastructure, including two new WaterTreatment Plants for Bowen and Proserpine and the two new Sewerage Treatment Plantsfor Cannonvale and Proserpine• Officially opening the $22.9 million Airlie Beach Main Street revitalisation project• Selling Council land at Waterson Way for $2.5 million to reduce debt and also attract a$300 million development to our region that will be a catalyst for growth and development toshape our region’s future.
Mayor Whitney said these are just some of the many projects and initiatives Council has delivered in 2014.
“I hope everyone enjoys a very happy and safe Christmas period and enjoys a well-deservedbreak,” she said.
“Councillors and staff will be back rejuvenated in January to continue to deliver for the Whitsunday community in 2015.”
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