MAYOR Julie Hall and councillors held their fifth community catch-up, on Wednesday, July 5, at George’s Diner, for Conway Beach and Wilson Beach residents.
The meeting attracted about 35 residents and topics discussed included rebuilding the swimming enclosure at Wilson Beach, telecommunications issues, Yellow Crazy Ants awareness, and rubbish and waste issues for rural areas including illegal dumping.
Mayor Hall instigated the community catch-ups after her election late last year and said they allowed councillors to engage face to face with residents on council projects in their area.
“Residents raised a number of issues at the Wilson/Conway Beach catch-up including illegal dumping and closure of cane sidings, which may have safety implications for residents,” Mayor Hall said.
However, the main talking point was the Wilson Beach swim enclosure, which was badly damaged in Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Council’s manager for natural resource management and climate Scott Hardy explained that, after unsuccessfully going out for tender multiple times to have the Wilson Beach swimming enclosure demolished and rebuilt, council had adopted a staged approach to get the works done.
“Council engaged a local contractor to remove the damaged sections of the enclosure with a few vertical posts/poles remaining, as they are still in reasonable condition,” Mr Hardy said.
“Council has sought quotes for the materials and, once they arrive, the tender process to award the contract for the rebuild will then be issued and we hope to finish the project before the summer months.”
Council’s next catch-up is planned for Proserpine, on Wednesday, August 2, from 9am to 11am.