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CONTRACTORS have started replacing the roof at the old Craiglie Reservoir as an exciting period of capital works investment kicks into gear.

Douglas Shire Council is fixing roof structural issues at the reservoir aimed at improving its quality and performance.

The $2.6 million project also includes interior surface repair and improvements to the chlorination dosing system.

The start of construction comes as Council formally notes the latest capital works progress report, which revealed Council spent about $3.37 million on emergency disaster recovery works last financial year.

This expenditure will be reimbursed through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Council plans to inject a further $15.34 million worth of projects in the coming 12 months.



Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said the report showed Council crews were getting on with the job.

“It is a credit to our project managers and outdoor workers that despite the significant challenges, Council was able to complete, or have under contract, more than 80 per cent of our budgeted capital works last financial year,” she said.

“Clean-up works diverted Council resources from December 2018 to April 2019, which reinforces the excellent achievement in delivering the majority of the budgeted projects.

“Council continues to get on with the job with projects like the Murphy Street landslip repairs, Warner St upgrade and Craiglie Reservoir roof replacement getting underway.”

“Not to mention the $14.5 million worth of disaster recovery projects scheduled to be completed in the next 12 months.”


Alexandra Range landslip repairs will finish in about three weeks with pavement, drainage and guardrail works remaining.

Through the 2018/19 capital works program, Council spent $12.062 million and a total of $18.225 million with the carry over projects from the previous year.

Mayor Leu said many projects were also on the horizon.

“Council makes a significant investment in infrastructure that underpins the region every year,” she said.

“In the coming 12 months, Council is injecting a further $15.34 million worth of projects featuring $5.6 million investment in essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges and drains, $1.97m to improve water security and $933,000 towards sewerage services.”


  • Polettis Bridge Replacement Project
  • Syndicate Road Landslip Repair
  • 2018 Road restoration program
  • Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Bank stabilization
  • Diggers Bridge Landscaping


  • Pump station 4E replacement
  • Murphy St Landslip Repair
  • 2019 Road Restoration program
  • Mowbray Water Main Upgrade
  • Davidson St Footpath Upgrade
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