The current works by Council will result in the undergrounding of overhead power lines
The first step towards beautifying Rainbow Beach’s main street commenced on October 8.
This will result in the undergrounding of overhead power lines to improve the street’s visual appeal, declutter the already narrow footpaths and allow for street tree planting.
The project also provides an opportunity for new and improved street lighting to be installed along the central median and at pedestrian crossing points.
A council representative said: “Prior to the 2019 Christmas holiday period, contractors will be trenching and laying conduits, preparing for the delivery of street lighting and a necessary pad mount transformer and installing Energex pillar housings.
“Works will recommence in early 2020, with Energex pulling cables through installed conduits, switching premises supply from overhead to underground, connecting the new street lights and removing the existing overhead infrastructure. It is anticipated Energex’s works will be complete prior to the Easter school holiday period.”
A second phase of the project will be to deliver on the endorsed streetscape improvements along Rainbow Beach Road which is part of the Council-endorsed Concept Master Plan Report for Rainbow Beach (www.gympie.qld.gov.au/our-towns-rainbow-beach) that was prepared under the “Our Towns Sustainable Centres Program”.
This phase is currently being designed to deliver elements such as street trees and landscaped gardens, new street furniture, increased on-street parking and areas of footpath improvements.
Construction is tentatively scheduled for mid-late 2020. The second phase is wholly funded by the Queensland Government under their Works for Queensland program.