More than $560,000 will be spent on improving cemeteries including the construction of a mausoleum and columbarium wall at Babinda cemetery ($250,000). A further $50,000 will be spent in improving signage, $250,000 on general renewal of infrastructure, and $15,000 on a cemeteries strategy.
Bus stop program
The Bus Shelter Program ($200,000) provides new bus shelters at 10 sites across the region. The program targets bus stops that have high usage and/or requests from the community for shelters. The Bus Stop Program ($400,000) will fund the upgrade of about 20 sites to provide stops that are Disability Discrimination Act compliant. The program provides for the upgrade of bus stops to assist those visually impaired, and those in wheelchairs, to use the public transport system.
Cat de-sexing campaign
To help reduce the number of unwanted pets, many of which become feral, Council is trialling a subsidised cat de-sexing campaign via the Animal Welfare League Queensland. More than 200 cats will be de-sexed under the $15,000 initiative. The program, made possible through collaboration with local vets, will be available to cat owners with a pension card.
New Animal Pound to commence
Work will start this year to build a new animal pound. Council purchased land for the pound in Links Drive in the 2016/17 budget as the first step in the $4.6 million project.
The new pound facility will replace the ageing one at McCoombe Street.
Council allocated $1.5 million in this year’s Budget for specialist consultants to develop detailed plans for the facility and to commence construction of the facility which is due to start towards the end of the year. A further $3.1 million has been committed in next year’s budget to complete the project which is expected to be open by the end of 2021.