I am really pleased that we have been able to fast track the tenders for the replacement bridges over the Mersey and at Beulah. Replacements are superior designs – all concrete, higher or longer and with more capacity to allow huge volumes of water and the sort of debris carried in a major flood. Merseylea and Beulah bridges will both be dual lane. The contracts also include removal of the damaged structures from the bottom of the river. Work can start soon and should all be complete by end of January 2017. I thank the Commonwealth Government for the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement funding which will cover 75% of the replacement cost. That is essential as our revised total damage figure for the flooding is now $7.3M.
At the meeting last week, Council passed the recommendations for the Planning Land Use review for Railton, Wilmot and Acacia Hills/ South Spreyton areas. These reviews recommend opportunities for growth and development along with potential for some re-zoning in those areas. These changes were discussed in the planning meetings held in each of those areas during the last month or so. The documents are now on public exhibition for a period of 30 days. Now is the time for written comments to support or disagree with these recommendations. The documents are at the Council office or on our website www.kentish.tas.gov.au
Our thanks to Cement Australia for their fantastic generosity of an additional $10,000 to the replacement playground in Goliath Park. We are seeking input into what play equipment children and parents would like to see there. Go to Councils Facebook page and leave a comment, or ring Chris Clark at the Council office 64910200.
Don Thwaites, Mayor