Ipswich City Council
Council announces Colleges Crossing tender
21 June 2012
THE January floods of last year devastated much of Ipswich and the loss of Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve was a particular blow to Ipswich locals who used the reserve as a place to unwind and entertain their families.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was today delighted to announce it had awarded a contract to JMac Constructions for the reconstruction of this reserve.
"Ipswich copped it pretty tough in the floods," Cr Pisasale said.
"People's homes and many parts of our wonderful city including Colleges Crossing were decimated by this cruel natural disaster.
"Getting back on our feet and rebuilding our homes and local facilities have been our number one priority.
"This investment of more than $9 million in reconstructing Colleges Crossing will bring enormous benefits to our local community.
"Since the floods locals have been able to visit Colleges Crossing but I know they'll welcome the news that soon they will see it come to life with the return of all the facilities their families have always enjoyed like playgrounds and BBQs.
"I'll be keenly following the developments at Colleges Crossing and can't wait to see one of our favourite local recreation spots brought back to life."
Ipswich Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood was enthusiastic about this project.
"JMac impressed council with their tender's vision for returning the reserve to a pre-flood condition for the whole community to enjoy," Cr Attwood said.
"The community is likely to see work commence on this site at the end of this month.
"Reconstruction of the reserve will mean the construction of a new park and play equipment for kids.
"There will be new barbecues and the return of the much-loved kiosk to the park.
"As part of this reconstruction, the reserve will be built in a way that is more resilient to future floods which will provide the community with peace of mind."
JMac Constructions are part of the larger BMD Group.