MOUNT Isa City Council needs to complete six projects funded by the state government by late November.
The council was “under the pump” because it had to complete $3 million worth of Works for Queensland projects, according to mayor Joyce McCulloch.
The state government’s funding was aimed at creating a fast economic and employment boost for councils.
“We have to get that money spent and delivered for the state government so we can receive future funding," Cr McCulloch said.
“That is our main concern at the moment, and that is to get all those projects done.”
The mayor was speaking on why the council needed to focus on other priorities instead of on the chimes of the Mount Isa clock.
These projects are the Skate Park refurbishment, the Lake Moondarra cycling track, the recycling tunnel waste dump, the George McCoy day parking, Moondarra Drive’s resurfacing, and the air-conditioning upgrade of the Xstrata Entertainment Centre.
According to information supplied by the council some of these projects were half completed and were due to be finished by mid-November.
Some of the projects had no estimated date of completion supplied in the information.
The most expensive project is the 13 kilometre Lake Moondarra Cycling Track. It has provided work for 22 contractor staff as well as 10 council staff. It was expected to cost $1.06 million.
The skate park is expected to cost $695,000 to refurbish. It is due to be completed early November and has given work to 16 contractor staff and two council staff.
Work includes a new bowl for the skate park, as well as lighting, shading, and footpath access.
A local contractor was contracted to completed the $550,000 air-conditioning upgrade at the entertainment centre. The project is due to be completed by mid-November.