15 September, 2020
Council's major works progressing
Two of Gilgandra Shire Council's biggest capital works for the year are moving along well, with both expected to be finished by early 2021.
The Special Disability Accommodation (SDA) construction on the corner of Waugan Street and Warren Road is moving along, with the accommodation units now starting to take shape.
The development includes the construction of two- and three-bedroom homes as well as associated staff and administration areas, common areas, upgrades to services, fencing and landscaping. Gilgandra Shire Council general manager David Neeves said the units are designed to be “gold standard”.
“They incorporate universal access design principles, something council is very proud of being able to off-er in a small regional centre,” said Mr Neeves.
“Westbury Construction Pty Ltd is undertaking the construction work and are currently delivering the project on schedule and on budget, with works expected to be completed in March 2021.”
The project will provide the opportunity for some existing Orana Living clients to move into the new accommodation and will also expand Orana Living’s services by an additional four to five residences. Director of community services Jo Manion said that council are proud to be able to provide these opportunities to the community.
“Council are already receiving inquiries from interested families to utilise the high-quality services for people living with disabilities that we are able to offer in our community."
"The new accommodation promotes independent living and privacy for clients, and we are looking forward to them being ready for use next year”, said Ms Manion.
The upgrade of council’s works depot on Warren Road is also progressing well, with project completion expected in November 2020.
“The works depot upgrades involve the construction of three main buildings, including depot administration and training building, stores supplies and council workshop,” said Mr Neeves.
“The facilities will offer modern workplaces and amenities for our works crews and outdoor staff, including both male and female amenities for the first time on site.”
Overall site management will also be enhanced through improved storm water management and on-site fire safety facilities.