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Redland City Council’s green seal road program is progressing at a pace on Macleay Island.

It is a major part of council’s 2018-19 Green Seal schedule which will cover 7,340 metres of road length and seal an area of 26,959 square metres.

Most of this work will be carried out on Macleay and Russell Islands.

It involves the ‘green sealing’ of 15 roads on Macleay Island, which are currently underway, and 21 roads on Russell Island.

The continuation of the Russell Island works will start again shortly with it scheduled to be completed by April of next year, weather permitting.

The council 2018/19 budget allocated a further $1.8 million, bringing the total investment in sealing the islands’ roads to $12.1 million since the project’s inception in 2014.

The allocations over the years have included the initial $2 million injection in the financial year14/15 with additional injections in subsequent years of $1 million in 2015/16, $3.5 million in 2016/17, and $3.8 million this financial year.

This investment in the islands has delivered approximately 40km of sealed roads across the southern islands group (excluding Coochiemudlo Island) and the additional funds in this year’s budget will see at least an additional 6km sealed.

Cr Mark Edwards, the architect of the ‘green seal’ program, says the works are now making huge inroads into the island road seal program.

Council’s intention is to seal all roads on the islands already identified for sealing via the method.

This equates to approximately 15km yet unsealed on Macleay Island, and 35km on Russell Island.

Cr Mark Edwards told the Friendly Bay Islander: “By using this quick seal method that applies x2 layers of bitumen on existing island roads with just minor preparation methods, it has enhanced the island road sealing program by many years.

“Under the old method at $1 million a kilometre building roads to mainland standards, it was going to take 30 years to seal all island roads.

“With the green seal program, we are now achieving approximately six times that value, which is a huge plus for the islands and road sealing here.”

The current sealing work on Macleay Island has seen the re-opening of the Coastal road, on Coondooroopa Drive.

The roads to be sealed in the latest program on Russell Island are:

Stage 1 of Council’s Green Seal Program (November 2018 to April 2019) include:

Aquamarine Avenue from Opal Court Minjerriba Road; Venus Court from Aquamarine Avenue to end; Opal Court from Aquamarine Avenue to end; Gem Street from Opal Court to Jasper Street; Neptune Street from Jasper Street to Aquamarine Avenue; Ferry Court from Minjerriba Rd to End; Satton Street from Kings Road to 6/10 Satton Street; Canna Street from Satton Street to Oaklea Street; Meadstone Street from Canna Street to 4 Meadstone Street; Oaklea Street from Kings Road to Waterlea Street; Waterlea Street from Oaklea Street to Elcon Street; Goolagong Street from Fern Terrace to Titala Street; Illagona Street from Fern Terrace to Titala Street; Jiwali Street.

The above mentioned streets are not listed in any particular order.

• Cr Mark Edwards and the now sealed Coondooroopa Drive section on Macleay Island.

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