Page 1416 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Site establishment commenced in early February 2022. Construction is anticipated to be complete by mid 2022 (weather permitting).

(2) Currently works at Gwydir Square are on schedule to be completed on time.

(3) Yes, the work schedule is managed by the construction contractor and reported through to the Territory under the construction contract.

The work schedule is staged to ensure the shops and the parking areas remain accessible and to minimise impact to the shopping centre traders and users. Once works are complete in the current area, this area will be re-opened, and the next stage of works will commence.

It is noted that due to the residential nature of the area night works are not appropriate and that activity from after school pick up is also taken into consideration.

(4) Information was provided to both the local community and Gwydir Square traders:

(a) Community: a letterbox drop to residents in the vicinity of the local shops on Monday 31 January 2022, an email sent 9 February 2022 to around 30 local community members and stakeholders, and signage which was erected at various approach points to the local shops warning of changed traffic arrangements. QR codes were on the signage so members of the community could access the project page for more information.

(b) Traders: a letter was distributed to businesses in December 2021 providing notice of construction commencing in the new year. TCCS and the construction contractor held a meeting on Monday 31 January 2022 at U & Co café.

Both the local community and Gwydir square traders were informed of the construction schedule, disruption management and process for notification of works outside standard construction hours. Construction and traffic disruption will take up to six months from start of construction.

(5) Prior notice was provided to traders as described above. The traders were consulted during design development and have been supportive of the design and the proposed works.

The construction contractor and the TCCS project representative have maintained contact with the traders as the works have progressed and have been available to answer questions and respond to concerns.

The traders have raised concerns about the noise from the construction activity, traffic disturbance and activity on site. The construction of upgrades at local shopping centres are disruptive. The contractor delivering the Gwydir Square upgrades is an experienced contractor that is managing the site to minimise this disruption as much as practicably possible.

(6) Refer to 4.

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