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West Point Road Maintenance Strategy - Consultation Update

Townsville City Council undertook a public consultation on developing a West Point Road Maintenance Strategy from Monday, 21 February to Tuesday, 22 March 2022. This consultation has now closed. Council invited property owners along West Point Road, Magnetic Island-based residents and associations, and the broader Townsville community to participate in the consultation. Council collected feedback through an online public survey and received additional submissions via the Have Your Say email address. With over160 survey responses, 26 suggestions via email, and 536 visits to the project page, this consultation found a significant level of support for Council to develop a strategy for the ongoing maintenance of West Point Road. Council also plans to survey the geometry of West Point Road, undertake a review of traffic signage within the area, and continue to investigate the structural integrity of the existing road pavement. These investigations will help in drafting a West Point Road Maintenance Strategy. Once prepared, our Engineering and Asset Infrastructure Planning Department will present the maintenance strategy at a future Ordinary Council Meeting for adoption. Following Council adoption, the strategy will be referred to when undertaking future maintenance work along West Point Road. Council will provide further updates once there is a confirmed date for the Ordinary Council Meeting. Separate to the strategy development, Council has contracted local business Mendi Group to undertake repairs on around 5km of West Point Road. Last year's wet season damaged the structural integrity of the road’s surface. These repairs will restore the road to a safe condition for motorists and make the road more resilient to future weather events. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Council will continue to develop the long-term West Point Road Maintenance Strategy as this repair work progresses. Council plans to commence repair works along West Point Road on Tuesday, 26 April 2022. Council expects these works to take two (2) weeksto complete, weather permitting. As part of these works, Council intends to: • begin barging construction machinery and materials to the Island on Tuesday, 26 April • stockpile machinery and materials at the hardstand on West Point Road just west of Cockle Bay Road • apply a new layer of gravel on the existing surface along West Point Road. Council will provide West Point Road residents with further information before construction activities commence.

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