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New works depot means improved service delivery

21 June 2016

Council’s Works Depot in Chinchilla is set to get a makeover and a new home with plans to relocate the Depot to a new site along Aerodrome Road announced at the handing down of Western Downs Regional Council’s 2016/17 Budget.

  • The new flood-free site along Aerodrome Road, will see the development of a new facility better equipped to service our residents;
  • The new site offers better access for Council vehicles, particularly heavy machinery and trucks meaning more efficient traffic movements in and out of the Depot;
  • With a strong focus on continued investment in road maintenance and upgrades in its 2016/17 Budget, Council’s new Works Depot in Chinchilla will provide an enhanced operational work site for our crews;
  • The $2.85 million development of the new Chinchilla Works Depot is anticipated to commence at the beginning of the new financial year, with crews expected to be working out of the new facility by January 2017;
  • An improved facility will mean Council is able to continue to deliver value for money services to our residents and invest in what matters the most to our communities.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the new Works Depot will ensure Council continues to deliver on improving the liveability of our region.

“We’re committed to making our towns better places to live, work and play, with the 2016/17 Budget focused strongly on improving how we can better service our communities,” he said.

“The new site on Aerodrome Road gives Council the opportunity to design a better structured Depot that will provide an enhanced operational work site for our staff so that we can continue to deliver high quality services to our communities.”

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said the usability of the new site is ten times better than the existing site along Canaga Street.

“The site along Aerodrome Road provides Council a great cost effective option to refurbish the existing infrastructure on-site to better meet the needs of Depot operations,” he said.

“Improved access from all main roads means better usability for staff and heavy vehicles which in turn will mean enhanced operational efficiencies.”

Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said the relocation of Council’s Works Depot will provide many long-term benefits to residents in Chinchilla.

“During heavy rainfall the existing Works Depot would be inundated with water making it unusable during times of disaster. Relocating the depot to a new flood-free site will mean that our staff can be ‘all hands on deck’ to assist our residents when they need it most,” he said.

“Being located along Aerodrome Road will also mean less heavy vehicles, dust and disruption to the day-to-day happenings of businesses and residents in town.”

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