COVID-19 delays infrastructure projects across Brisbane
May 12, 2020
By Lucy Stone
A host of Brisbane City Council projects have been delayed or held up due to coronavirus pandemic impacts, the council's latest quarterly progress report shows.
Tabled in the council meeting on Tuesday, the March 2020 annual operational plan progress report reported on changes in spending across City Hall's key project areas.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner noted the delays in finalising the council election results and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic meant only the quarterly report, without the financial details usually provided every three months, was available at Tuesday's meeting.
The impact of coronavirus was cited as the reason why infrastructure projects such as environmental restoration and rehabilitation works were "not proceeding for the remainder of 2019-2020".
Delivery of solar panels on bus depots was also delayed until the second half of 2020, while several playground upgrades citywide were also put off.
A new park planned at Tyron Street Park in Upper Mount Gravatt has been delayed until the next financial year, and playground and car park upgrades at Winsdor Park were also postponed, expected to be finished in October.
"As a result of impacts from COVID-19, supply chain issues relating to the delivery of play equipment from Europe have delayed works at Freney Street Park, Rocklea, Decker Park, Brighton, and Nudgee Beach Reserve, Nudgee," the report says.
Opposition parks spokesman Steve Griffiths asked LNP committee chair Fiona Cunningham why the equipment was purchased from Europe rather than locally.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said it was likely Brisbane businesses that had secured council contracts were importing playground equipment from Europe.
Europe supply chain challenges had also delayed the replacement of equipment at parks in Sunnybank, Kuraby and Algester, the report noted.
Delays to the Mt Coot-tha Summit Restaurant upgrades, leased to Jimmy's on the Mall last year, were also postponed because of coronavirus.
Waterway rehabilitation works throughout Ashgrove, Inala and Karana Downs were put off, while village precinct projects at Ashgrove, Manly Harbour, Wilston and Paddington were also delayed.
Cr Schrinner said there had been numerous projects "delayed as a result of new working restrictions" and the impacts of those delays would roll out over the coming months.