BRUCE HIGHWAY WORK SOUTH OF TORBANLEA SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ON TIME & BUDGET. CONGRATULATIONS WARREN TRUSS & SUNSTATE GROUP QLD.

I TRAVEL THIS ROAD SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK GOING TO MARYBOROUGH & NOW SO MUCH BETTER-HENRY SAPIECHA EDITOR & OWNER OF www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

Bruce Highway upgrade south of Torbanlea complete

highway road closeup image www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

THE widening of a section of road on the Bruce Highway adjacent to Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea has been completed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $7.1 million project had created a major increase in the separation distance between vehicles travelling in opposite directions for 2.2 kilometres.

“Widening this section of the highway has allowed a wide centre line treatment to be put in place which improves drivers’ chances of avoiding a crash should they stray out of their lanes,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the treatment was recently recognised at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference as a highly effective means of reducing the number of serious road crashes.

“The Coalition Government is committed to building a safer Bruce Highway and we are continuing to provide funding to roll out this important safety treatment along the length of the highway,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Bruce Highway is the major artery connecting Queensland’s coastal communities and the economic centres between Brisbane and Cairns. It is the single most important piece of infrastructure for the people of my electorate.

“Without it, Hinkler residents wouldn’t be able to get their products to market, visit loved ones or evacuate during an emergency. It also enables tourists to visit our great region.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are an example of what can be achieved when governments work together to deliver improved safety on Queensland roads.

“An added bonus was that an average of 22 direct jobs were supported over the life of the project,” Mr Bailey said.

The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule by local contractor, Sunstate Group Queensland.

The works were jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.7 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.

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Henry Sapiecha

Work begins on $7.1 million Bruce Hwy upgrade south of Torbanlea

Hervey Bay MP Keith Pitt and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss are part of the $7.1 million Bruce Hwy contract announcement image www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

AN UPGRADE worth $7.1 million to the Bruce Highway south of Torbanlea is about to begin, with SGQ awarded the contract to improve a 2.2 kilometre stretch of the highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works along the stretch will include widening lanes, sealing road shoulders and adding a one-metre centre line.
“In combination, these measures will give motorists a much larger margin for error, making the highway safer. The Coalition Government is building a safer and more flood immune Bruce Highway through our record $6.7 billion investment in projects through our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the upgrade is located near the Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea.
“The project will also replace some of the culverts along the highway, making it less prone to flooding during our coastal storms,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of infrastructure in my electorate and whenever it’s closed it affects local businesses transporting their goods to market. Every dollar we invest in upgrading the highway is money in the pockets of local businesses and families.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders thanked motorists in advance for their patience while these works are being carried out.
“While the road works will create some disruption for motorists during the construction stage, the local community and road users will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a safer and more efficient highway. As an added bonus, these works will deliver jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Saunders said.
Motorists are being urged to observe all safety signage during the construction stage and to slow down and drive to conditions while travelling through the work sites.
The safety works are jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.6 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.

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Henry Sapiecha

HOWARD BURRUM DISTRICT KINDY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO STAY OPEN-RALLY NOW – APPROACH YOUR MEMBER-WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET CHILDCARE AT $5-$10 PER DAY

THE BURRUM DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE KINDY IS NOT TO BE SHUT DOWN IF WE HAVE ANY SAY IN IT

BURRUM District Community Kindy at Howard is closing due to financial stress caused by Bligh Government funding changes, low enrolment numbers and a lack of community funding support.

A kindy spokeswoman said an executive meeting of the Burrum District Community Kindy decided for financial reasons to close the kindy doors.

She said they deeply regretted the decision but to continue to operate the facility under the current funding situation would have been illegal and irresponsible for an incorporated body.

“We would have been trading while insolvent,” the spokeswoman said.

“Staff have been notified about their jobs and we are notifying parents.”

The kindergarten has been operating out of the Burrum District Community Centre at Howard for a number of years.

“This will also be a blow to the Community Centre, as they rely on the rent from the kindy as part of their operational revenue,” she said.

“So this closure affects the whole area.

“The financial stress has been brought about by the funding changes made by the Bligh Government.

“Sadly, lack of community funding support and low enrolment numbers has also contributed.

“The committee has met with the ruling body C and K  to follow all possible avenues of recovery funding, but so far have been unsuccessful.

“We will continue to work together to try to solve the financial problems but at this stage we have no resolution and will need to commence selling off the assets.

“If the community wants to see the kindy re-open they can register their interest in fundraising support by contacting the Kindy on 4129 0994 immediately, before the assets need to be sold off.”

The content of this posting was sourced from the local Chronicle newspaper with my comments as the headlines & notes below.
Identity Direct - Personalised Gifts For Children.

Published here as a community contribution by Henry Sapiecha

As a result of being notified today 23rd Jan 2013 by Ailsa of the centre of the impending closure of this much valued kindy, a well structured & heavy support campaign to retain the kindy facility shall be undertaken by this web site and support requests shall be sent to the many thousands of emails in our data base so that the kindy centre shall become viable & government support continued

In the meantime send your email & or letter of support to the centre.

41290994      [email protected]

WIDE BAY WATER EX CHIEF TIM WALDREN COMMENTS ON FRASER COAST COUNCIL TAKING OVER WATER BOARD

WATER BOARD  WIDE BAY FRASER COAST RESUMED BY LOCAL  FC COUNCIL.. COMMENTS BY TIM WALDRON EX-WATER CHIEF

The decision to put the Fraser Coast’s water and sewerage infrastructure and servicing back into total council control is a major step backwards, says Tim Waldron who ran Wide Bay Water Corporation for 10 years.

“You should never move something efficient into something less efficient such as a council-local government-style entity and that’s what’s happening,” Mr Waldron said.

Last month the mayor Gerard O’Connell……

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Sure Aqua - Portable Water Filter

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER ISLAND TOUR OPERATORS TO NOW GET 30 YEARS LEASES + OPTIONS

IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING ADVICE FROM COMMERCIAL TOUR OPERATORS

Government beaurocrats move slowly as it has taken them years to see reality.They should be sacked more often in greater numbers as the commercial world has done to its workers. This will let them know that wrong, slow and or bad decisions will have consequences just as in the real world.Somebody in government has moved in the right direction and it has finally happened. They should be recognized and applauded.

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The tour operators are being recognized and appreciated for their real worth to the tourist dollar. In the meantime I just hope that any clowns in the government who have delayed or opposed this initiative have or will be removed from their jobs

Maybe the dragged on talkfests are over by government & self serving groups????

Let’s get on with the Fraser Island Show….>>>

TOURISM operators in national parks such as Fraser Island will soon be able to apply for 30-year leases, with an option for further 30-year renewals.

Story goes that the dept of harbours & marine who hand out the leases in the Urangan harbour government held land have increased the rental of land to commerce in the Hervey Bay harbour presinct to unsustanainable levels where commerce is struggling.
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The ‘fabulous’ Hervey Bay boat club for an example had their rent increased to horrendous levels not that long ago as well as the shops the stores and tourist operators in the urangan harbour complex & area [And they, the council think a name change for the harbour will fix the problem…Ha Ha Ha..] They live in government fairy land.

The kingfisher ‘crew’ went west to River Heads & established a new take off point because they had no choice and took the heart out of the Urangan harbour complex & it’s operators.

The harbour mariner operators also a have a commercial sustainability problem.
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….WE THE PEOPLE.. As the saying goes.

All caused by government bullshit & people in the government system who have never contributed to commerce, had a real job or took any risks with their hard earned money or investments. So they are not perfect…..!!! Nor are we in commerce. At least we here in this country are not run by government dictators & the sun is shining and we are alive and happy healthy and sometimes wise. So I suppose we should be thankful.

Nevertheless the point needs to be made.

Halve the harbour rent [ Yes & change the name if you must] & we will stand a chance to revive the tourist economy of the Fraser Coast area.

Rainbow beach has always had a better environment for ‘escape’ tourists and has now captured the majority of backpacker travellers.

AAA

I WAS IN THE BACKPACKER & TRAVEL INDUSTRY AS WELL AS ACCOMMODATION, TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT,HOSPITALITY, HOTEL, RESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB & MANY OTHER INDUSTRIES & I SEE WHAT I SEE.

Most of the people in all local governments have very little idea or serious experience of the real commercial world and or are mostly failed representatives of commerce.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said this week the government would move to amend the state’s conservation laws to deliver the leases, based on a committment made at major tourism forum Destination Q earlier this year.

Well done Mr Dickson. Perhaps you are a commercial animal after all & see $$$$ reality.

Is this the Steve Dickson from Hervey Bay…???
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“These vital changes will act as a catalyst for strengthening a world-class eco-tourism industry in Queensland, establishing appropriate, environmentally friendly facilities built with natural integration as the most important feature,” he said.

Mr Dickson said the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 would also simplify the permit system for pre-existing infrastructure on national park estate land, such as powerlines, water pipelines and telecommunications towers.

Application processing times for leases are expected to be reduced by about 16 weeks once the legislation is passed.

The change is expected to have a major impact on eco-tourism, which is one of the biggest markets on the Fraser Coast.
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Sourced from the local paper & published by Henry Sapiecha

 

HOWARD BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED & CONTRACT AWARDED TO SUNSTATE GROUP QUEENSLAND

NEW HOWARD BRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED TO SUNSTATE GROUP QLD

The works are to commence in November at around $1.2 m for the bridge to be built over Maria Creek.

Completeion date to be around March next year.

Some of the rate monies are coming back into the community in an amount that is is commensurate with the rates that are being paid by the Burrum community.

Some pics of the bridge to be replaced are posted here below.

Howard is the centre of the Fraser Coast  >>> www.fctsc.com.au

Published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER COAST COUNCIL DELEGATION GETS RESULTS FROM MEETING WITH STATE LEADERS

Ministerial delegation brings results

A delegation led by Mayor Mick Kruger lobbying support for our region has received a positive response from state leaders and resulted in a meeting with Invest Queensland.

Seeking financial assistance and backing for major mining, marine and engineering projects that would generate employment and investment in our region, the local delegates met with Deputy Premier Paul Lucas, Treasurer Andrew Fraser and other ministers who reacted positively to the region’s initiatives.

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Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

TENDERING PROCESS FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS @ THE FRASER COAST…

‘Tendering for Government Business’
Workshop
Gympie – 30 March
Maryborough – 31 March


Please CLICK HERE to download an invitation to attend the ‘Tendering for Government Business’ Workshop being held in Maryborough and Gympie.
The flyer contains full workshop and registration details.
Seats are limited so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
To register and for more information, please contact the Maryborough Centre of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation:

T: (07) 4121 1780
[email protected]

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

 

FRASER COAST COUNCILLORS & BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEET AT HOWARD

FRASER COAST BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAD THEIR FIRST MEETING OF 2011 WITH TWO LOCAL COUNCILLORS IN ATTENDANCE.

Also in attendace were representatives from the ‘friends of the burrum’ group who sought our support for a government grant to increase their web presence

Various items were discussed and the details will be supplied in due course by the secretary in the minutes that will be published & sent out to members.

In the meantime here are some pics of the evening.

Published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER COAST COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

Message from the Acting Mayor

Hello

The storm season is nearly upon us and residents who have lived here all their lives, as I have, will be well aware that cyclones do hit our region. Lives have been lost in the past. We want to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future.

The key to your family’s survival during a cyclone, flood or bushfire is preparation.

The Council is helping you prepare by issuing every household with an Emergency Action Guide containing preparation tips, then holding public meetings to answer your questions.

Read your Emergency Action Guide then bring it along to one of the meetings listed on the Council’s website. When you get home after the meeting, put what you have learned into practice.

My husband John and I will be attending a meeting for our family’s welfare. It is so long since a cyclone came our way that we might well have forgotten some of the measures we should be taking and there are sure to be new, helpful ideas.

Gather your neighbours and family together and come along in a group. It could be a social occasion that could save your lives.

Kind regards,

Julie Arthur
Acting Fraser Coast Mayor


Use your Guide to prepare for the cyclone season
Meteorologists are predicting increased storm activity this summer so the Council is helping you prepare, just in case.

You should have received in your letterbox a Council Emergency Action Guide that includes tips on preparing for storms, flood, bushfire or cyclones.

Read your guide thoroughly  to ensure you fully understand how to prepare for an emergency then, most importantly, prepare!

Bring your Emergency Action guide along to one of the remaining free public seminars on how to prepare. Left: Seminar organiser Chris Vakas shows Acting Mayor Julie Arthur what an emergency pack could contain.

For remaining meeting dates and times – More …


Carols by Candlelight in Hervey Bay
Get your singing voices ready, dust off your santa hats and mark December 18 on your calendar for Carols by Candlelight on the Fraser Coast – a FREE event for the whole family. Don’t miss this spectacular celebration at the Hervey Bay Seafront Oval starting at 5.15pm.  More …

Be sure to check www.festivefrasercoast.com.au other holiday events throughout the Fraser Coast region.


New on-line service for common problems
You can now report a common issue or request a service from the Council on-line.

The new streamlined on-line service provides a convenient and easy way to contact the Council from your home and to ensure your report is dealt with as quickly as possible.

Simply click on to the “Report an Issue” icon on the home page of the Council’s website and follow the prompts to the form that applies to your request.

A Council Customer Service Officer will respond by email within two working days advising you of your unique customer request ID number and when you can expect to have your request resolved.


Light up your Fraser Coast
Help radiate the joy of Christmas by entering your home in Light Up the Fraser Coast.

The competition is open to businesses and private homes throughout the region and includes several categories in different areas with prizes to be won.

Entry forms are available in the Fraser Coast Chronicle or on the Council’s website. If you don’t want to enter the competition but want your lights display on the Chronicle’s Christmas Lights Map, tick the display only box on the entry form. Entries close 10 December.


Nominate for Australia Day Awards

Do you know any outstanding Aussies or community groups in the Fraser Coast region?

If you do, nominate them for an Australia Day Award in each of the four previous local government communities (Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo).

Nomination forms are available at Council’s administration centres, can be downloaded from the Council’s website (click here) or you can ring Council on 1300 79 49 29 to have a form posted to you.

Post completed nomination forms as soon as possible to:

Australia Day Awards
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943
HERVEY BAY Q 4655
or
Email to:[email protected]


It’s party time for kids on holiday
Witneys’and Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast. Bring along your skateboard, scooter or bike and win!

4 December: Howard 3pm.

7 January: Hervey Bay 3pm.

11 January: Maryborough 3pm.

10 December: Pool Party at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre for 5 to 17-year-olds, $5.

10 December: Pool Party at Maryborough’s Aquatic Centre for 6 to 11-year-olds in the 25-metre pool and 12 to 17-year-olds in the 50-metre pool, barbecue, $5.
But wait, there’s more …

Check out the Hervey Bay PCYC holiday program for primary and secondary school age groups that includes a trip to Dreamworld and Cablewake, surfing workshops and more.

Maryborough’s young people should watch the newspapers for registration forms for a trip to Dreamworld, Cablewake, art classes at Gatakers Artspace ($10)

And … Kick it for Kids is re-opening for the school holidays from 15 December to 14 January at the Tiaro Community Centre.

Bauple’s young people will be able to enjoy the Council’s portable ramps at the Bauple Recreation grounds during January – keep a lookout for the dates.

For more information on Maryborough and Tiaro events contact Patrice on 4190 5822 or go to the Council’s Youth webpage …


Take a seat, a new seat, and enjoy the show!
When you visit the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park, you can now enjoy your chosen show in more comfort.

The Fraser Coast Council has replaced the 30-year-old seats in the MSEP grandstand with 576 bright blue, Australian made, polypropylene seats and upgraded the grandstand structure during a $160,000 renovation.

The concrete grandstand was also cleaned, repaired and sealed to stop water penetration. Roof sheeting and rusted purlins were replaced, the new purlins painted and the lighting was upgraded. Non slip and high visibility paints were applied to the surfaces of all walkways to improve safety before the seats were installed. More …

Right: MSEP Co-ordinator Thea Griffin and Acting Mayor Julie Arthur in the newly renovated grandstand.


Fraser Coast company to build Hervey Bay PCYC extension
Fraser Coast builder Monopoly Constructions has been awarded the $1.3 million contract to build the third court at the Hervey Bay PCYC. As part of the contract Monopoly Constructions will also utilise 12 local sub-contractors who employ approximately 97 staff.

It is expected that work on the project will start mid December, 2010 and be finished by April, 2011. More …


Grants available for community events
Are you planning a community event that could benefit from some financial support?

Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Community and Events Support Grants Scheme is now open for applications.

Eligible community groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding of up to $5,000 to assist with community projects and events taking place between May and October 2011.

Applications close on 11 February 2011 and successful applicants will be notified in April 2011. Application forms are available from Council’s Administration Centres, Libraries and from Council’s website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

All enquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or [email protected]


What’s on
3 December Exhibition opening – Birds, Bats and Habitats 6.30pm Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
4 December Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Howard Skate Park
To 4 December Exhibition: Impact and Fusion by Bello Benischauer Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
To 4 December Exhibition Critical Aspect by Wide Bay Institute of TAFE visual arts students Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
5 December Children’s Christmas Concert in the Park 4.30pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
8 December FCRC Ordinary meeting followed by Community and Development Committee meeting 9.30am Hervey Bay Council Chamber
10 December Kids Pool Party Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre
10 December Kids Pool Party Maryborough Aquatic Centre
11 December Glenwood Christmas Function 4.30pm Glenwood Community Hall
15 December FCRC Strategic and Organisational Committee meeting  9.30am Maryborough Council Chamber
15 December to 14 January Kick it for Kids Tiaro Community Centre
18 December Carols by Candlelight 5.15pm Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
To 30 December Exhibition: Hinterland Magic by Tiaro Creative Arts Group Tiaro Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve celebrations at Tinnanbar from 1pm Tinnanbar foreshore and Rural Fire Brigade Shed
31 December New Year’s Eve concert at Howard 7pm Burrum District Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve Talent Search 5pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
31 December New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party 7.30pm Tickets $85 or $80 concession/family Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
31 December Midnight fireworks displays sponsored by the Fraser Coast Regional Council Queens Park, Maryborough

Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay

7 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Hervey Bay Skate Park
11 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Maryborough Skate Park

More Fraser Coast events …

Contact your Council

Phone: 1300 79 49 29

Customer Service Centre:
77 Tavistock Street, Hervey Bay
431 Kent Street, Maryborough
Forgan Terrace, Tiaro

PO Box 1943,
Hervey Bay Q  4655

Fax: 4197 4455

[email protected]

www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Quick Links
Main Street open to traffic by Christmas
Main Street Hervey Bay should be open to traffic again on Christmas Eve.

Unseasonal wet weather has substantially delayed the project but the contractor has allocated additional resources to the project and is aiming to complete the roadworks and open the street to traffic by December 24, weather permitting.
This project and other road projects planned for the near future will improve traffic flow through central Hervey Bay.

Landscaping and associated concrete works will continue into the New Year.

Christmas/New Year closing times for Council offices

All Council offices and depots will close 2pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 4 January 2011. For urgent enquiries call 1300 79 49 29.

Christmas /New Year hours for Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park will close for the Christmas/New Year at 5pm 23 December 2010 and re-open again on 29 December 2010.

Have your say this weekend on Anzac Park upgrades

The Council wants your ideas and input into planned upgrades to Maryborough’s Anzac Park.

Shelters, barbecues, new play equipment and paths are included in the plans.

Come along to a public meeting at the Anzac Park playground off Cheapside Street at 10am on Saturday 4 December 2010 and help plan these improvements for our region.

New-look for Point Vernon community centre

Come along to an open day at the Halcro Street Community Centre in Point Vernon on Friday December 9 from 9am to 1pm, to see the centre’s new look and facilities after a comprehensive refurbishment.

The centre started life as a Telecom depot and is now home for Home Assist Secure and Community Radio 107.5FM.

Meeting rooms are available for community groups or government services looking to establish a presence in Point Vernon. Bay Connect is also setting up computers to offer training courses and a small lending library of novels has been started.

Point Vernon and Pialba residents will soon receive their first newsletter from the centre which will include a questionnaire asking for suggestions for a new name. Suggestions can be sent to the Community Centre Co-ordinator at 30 Halcro Street, Point Vernon.

Arborcrescent Road rebuild

A 110-metre section of Arborcrescent Road in Glenwood will shortly be rebuilt to improve its alignment. The gravel road has encroached on to three properties, and the owners have asked Council to move the road. The rebuild will include a three-metre verge and will be carried out while Council’s roadworks machinery is working on other roads in Glenwood.

Work under way on Hervey Bay Community Centre

Work is under way on the $ 6.7m Hervey Bay Community Centre in Old Maryborough Road.

Funding for the 1760 square metre building came from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects ($4.4 m), the Queensland Government ($1.6m), the Fraser Coast Regional Council ($600,000), Hervey Bay Rotary Club Sunrise ($65,910) and the Neighbourhood Centre ($65,000).

Lead contractor Fraser Coast company VDM Constructions and 16 Fraser Coast sub-contractors plan to complete the project by the end of June 2011.