Townsville City Council has awarded the tender for the construction of a new bird aviary in Queens Gardens.
The tender has been awarded to local business W & F Constructions with work on the aviary expected to commence immediately.
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the aviary is a much-loved public asset and needed an upgrade.
“Queens Garden is a popular place to visit for both locals and visitors to Townsville and it’s only fitting that a new bird aviary is built for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Greaney said.
“We have consulted with the community about this project and I know locals are very enthusiastic to have the bird aviary back in the gardens.
“Council will continue working with residents throughout the life of the project and involving the community in the care of the birds in the aviary.”
Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the old aviary is estimated to have been built in the 1960’s and had reached the end of its asset life.
“Queens Gardens has been home to a bird aviary since the 1930’s and since then the aviary has gone through a number of rebuilds,” Cr Molachino said.
“The last major upgrade to the aviary is believed to have been in the 1960’s and was decommissioned in 2016 – it’s great that we can revitalise Queens Gardens with the addition of a new aviary.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the construction of the new bird aviary is another commitment being delivered by Council.
“Improving on our parks and open spaces was a key commitment we made as part of our almost $400 million infrastructure spend for this year,” Cr Hill said.
“We’ve awarded this tender to a local firm and the construction of the new aviary will support up to 10 local jobs.
“This project will be delivered this year and I’m looking forward to seeing birds in their new home at the aviary with residents able to visit them at such an iconic spot in our city.”