Cr David Pahlke with the State Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat and Energex’s Shaun Rushby

ROSEWOOD’S business district is the latest beneficiary of a joint beautification project currently underway between Ipswich City Council and Energex. Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said council and the State Government were jointly funding the $1.2 million project.

“I want to thank former State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt for the work he did to secure State Government funding for this project and to the incoming State Member Sean Choat for endorsing it,” Cr Pahlke said.

“As part of this work, Energex is also undergrounding the existing electrical network and installing new street lights along John St, between Railway and William streets.” Weather permitting, this project is expected to be completed by late October. Cr Pahlke said the main feed for the underground power would be installed along the eastern side of John St. “Energex workers will tunnel underneath John St to install power cables on the western side of the street,” he said. Cr Pahlke said the existing power poles would be removed and new street lighting provided on the eastern side of John St.

“In order to minimise damage to the Wisdom Tree and the Hoop Pine beside the National Australia Bank, it will be necessary to tunnel underground to a depth of approximately two metres in these sections.” Cr Pahlke said the remainder of the Energex works would require open trenching. This project is part of Energex’s Community Powerline Enhancement Program which supports local communities in council identified projects for streetscape improvement works.

Cr Pahlke said as part of work on this project there could be some power interruptions at times and occasional noise disturbances though crews will be working to keep these to a minimum. “Prior notification will be provided of any planned interruptions and generally works will be carried out from 7am to 4pm.” Safety barriers are in place around construction areas and traffic controllers are on-site to assist with the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians.

State Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat said he was pleased to see the State Government and Ipswich City Council working so well together. “We talk a lot about partnerships,” he said, “I’m really pleased to be working with Councillors Pahlke and Bromage locally to get things done.” “The people of Rosewood deserve a quality streetscape in the centre of town and I look forward to seeing the benefits to residents and businesses as we make Rosewood an even better place to live and work.”

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