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Strand jetty to be closed for two months for maintenance works

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Townsville's Strand jetty is set to undergo a major refurbishment and will be off limits for two months.

The Council is spending $260,000 to upgrade the jetty, which was installed more than 20 years ago.

The popular spot will be closed during the works, which involve replacing about 200 decking boards and making repairs to concrete posts.

Council’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Kurt Rehbein says the upgrades are vital to keep the jetty in good working order.

“As part of the budgeted works, Council had an engineering assessment conducted on the jetty last year which identified the need to schedule in some maintenance,” Councillor Rehbein says.

“Sea air exposure and corrosion is just an unfortunate reality, which is why we need to constantly maintain these assets,” he says.

He says the works, to be performed by Dawson’s Engineering are set to begin on Tuesday April 27 and are expected to be complete by June 25 ahead of the Festival of Arts.

“We’ve timed the closure to avoid the ANZAC Day long weekend, with the jetty scheduled to open again just in time for NAFA.”

“These maintenance works will support around 6 local jobs, so it’s great to see local tradies out there keeping this much-loved asset in good nick.”