2021/22 Budget
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Jun 2022

Council adopted the $816 million 2021/22 council budget at a special meeting on 24 June 2021.
The budget was developed in conjunction with council's:

Budget snapshot

  • A budget that will return to surplus and includes a positive operating result of $18.8 million.
  • A $816 million budget that will continue our efforts to provide the right response for our region at this challenging time and focusses on support, safety and local recovery.
  • A $268 million dollar Capital Works Program that
    • delivers infrastructure and facilities for our residents
    • provides work for local trades and other businesses
    • helps keep local people employed.
  • No increases to the Transport and Heritage Levies and a $4 increase to the Environment Levy that will be allocated to enhancing the region’s response to invasive and destructive weeds.
  • To account for increased contractor expenses, the cost to collect a standard 240 litre domestic wheelie bin will increase by $7.70 - from $309.10 to $316.80.
  • There will be no increase to the minimum general rate.
  • All pensioners will benefit from a 14% increase in their pensioner rate concession.
  • Sole homeowners on full pensions will now receive a $262 concession, an increase of $32.
  • Those on part pensions will also benefit, with their concession increasing to between $74 and $205, depending on whether they own the property solely or jointly.

Budget news

There's something for you in the 2021/22 Budget.

  • $1.1 million to construct Nambour Petrie Creek Parklands Quota Park extension.
  • $1.1 million to design and construct a district recreation park in Sippy Downs Town Centre –
    Forest Park West Sippy Downs.
  • $370,000 for bridge and boardwalk renewal in Yaroomba Bushland Park, Yaroomba.
  • $340,000 to continue the Buderim-Palmwoods tramway trail.
  • $225,000 to upgrade public amenities at La Balsa Park boat ramp, Buddina.
  • $170,000 to renew five barbecue stations at Kings Beach.
  • $100,000 for Cod Hole Park playground renewal on Bradman Avenue, Maroochdyore.
  • $1.94 million to continue the Caloundra Centre Activation project and design the Caloundra district library.
  • $1.05 million for Caloundra Town Reserve Landscape Plan implementation, including supplying and installing playground equipment.
  • $900,000 to replace an amenity block at the Coolum Holiday Park, Coolum Beach.
  • $800,000 for replacement of existing amenities building at Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park.
  • $700,000 for Eumundi Town Centre Placemaking.
  • $500,000 to upgrade the Moss Day Pavilion roof at Nambour Showgrounds.
  • $470,000 for master planning of Mary Cairncross Ecological Park, Maleny.
  • $400,000 to progress the design of a library and community centre at Sippy Downs.
  • $350,000 to construct SS Dicky Wreck memorial deck at Dicky Beach.
  • $200,000 to upgrade Kawana Library.
  • $24.6 million for the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade (inclusive of the $12 million Australian Government funding through the Urban Congestion Fund).
  • $23.3 million to reseal and rehabilitate Council’s sealed road network, including Old Gympie Road,
    Glass House Mountains.
  • $13 million to construct a new multi-deck car park in the Maroochydore City Centre.
  • $5.7 million to continue sealing Council’s gravel roads including Zgrajewski Road, Yandina Creek; Oyster Bank Road, Bli Bli; and Citrus Road, Palmwoods.
  • $3.6 million to construct a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge on Stringybark Road, Buderim.
  • $2.5 million to upgrade the Maroochy Boulevard and Dalton Drive intersection, Maroochydore.
  • $900,000 towards planning and detailed design to upgrade Johnston Road, Glass House Mountains to two lanes.
  • $840,000 to upgrade the Queen Street/Bower Street intersection, Caloundra.
  • $750,000 to design and construct the Coastal Pathway from Dicky Beach Park to Sir Leslie Wilson Park and $220,000 to extend the Bokarina-Warana Coastal Pathway to John Hotton Park.
  • $600,000 to widen the remainder of Glenview Road, Glenview.
  • $575,000 to upgrade the entry road and car park to Mooloolah Valley Sports Complex.
  • $462,000 to upgrade Mountain View Road between McCarthy Road and Byrne Lane, Maleny.
  • $450,000 to construct connection between Scholars Drive and Columbia Street, Sippy Downs.
  • $300,000 to upgrade the Coolum Sports Complex intersection on David Low Way.
  • $190,000 to widen the road and rehabilitate the bridge on Kings Road, Glass House Mountains.
  • $4.3 million in environment reserve bushland restoration, weed management and operations.
  • $3.7 million for environment levy acquisition program.
  • $2 million to support volunteers and private landholders in caring for our environment.
  • $1.8 million in recreation and activation projects on environmental reserves.
  • $1.3 million to connect people with nature through the management, operation and delivery of community programs at our environmental visitor centres.
  • $1.1 million for erosion management, restoration and management of coastal reserves.
  • $1.1 million to progress the Maroochydore Groyne Field Renewal Stage 2.
  • $5 million to progress first stage of the new Honeyfarm Road Sports and Recreation Precinct.
  • $1.1 million to replace heat pumps, renew main switch board and bonding at Caloundra Aquatic Centre.
  • $1 million towards Nambour Aquatic Centre amenities refurbishment, pool shelter and infrastructure renewal.
  • $600,000 for upgrades to Caloundra Regional Tennis Centre.
  • $550,000 to progress the design of Stages 1 and 2 of the Kawana Aquatic Centre to help position the centre as a regional facility.
  • $410,000 to upgrade the equestrian arena and parkland at Nambour Showgrounds.
  • $280,000 to complete the Dicky Beach Skate Park renewal • $250,000 to renew lighting at Palmwoods Aquatic Centre.
  • $250,000 to replace Eumundi Aquatic Centre heat pump.
  • $200,000 for signage and trail upgrades along Glass House Mountains Regional Trail.
  • An updated procurement policy will mean greater preference will be offered to local businesses for contracts up to $250,000.
  • Council will continue to provide support and build the capacity of the region’s chambers of commerce and industry groups, support the Professional Advice program and assist business operators through the economic recovery process in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In addition we will provide support through the ASPIRE online business-to-business tool, retail activation and place activation programs and initiatives, the Sunshine Coast Business Awards program and the Export Capability Development program to local exporters in preparation for national and global trade opportunities.

Divisional news and highlights

Creating a safer, secure future in Division 1

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 2

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 3

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 4

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 5

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 6

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 7

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 8

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 9

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Creating a safer, secure future in Division 10

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Investing in our future

The Heritage, Transport and Environment levies contributed by all ratepayers, enable us to build on our investment in our environment, plan for our region’s future transport needs and preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Heritage Levy raises $1.9 million

The Heritage Levy remains at $13, and will continue to:

  • support new research into regional stories and explore options for engaging the community with our heritage through digital initiatives
  • conserve our region’s heritage assets, including State Heritage-listed Bankfoot House and its nationally significant collection
  • support our region’s community museums and heritage organisations through grants, practical workshops, professional development, community programs, collaborative marketing and events
  • support cultural heritage projects developed in collaboration with Kabi Kabi, Jinibara and Descendants of Australian South Sea Islander people.

Transport Levy raises $6.5 million

There will be no increase to the Transport Levy.
Remaining at $44, it will:

  • finalise the Options Analysis for the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit project
  • implement the five-year travel change behaviour program
  • improve walk up and cycle opportunities to selected bus stops
  • support and monitor the new trial Ridescore Active Schools Program at selected schools
  • support the Council Link service for eligible persons travelling to their nearest centre
  • support continued Flexilink services
  • support the continuation of the Kenilworth Community Transport service.

Environment Levy raises $11.9 million

The Environment Levy will increase by $4 to $80 and continues to:

  • support the implementation of the Environment and Liveability Strategy
  • protect and enhance our valued natural environment, including our native plants and animals, waterways and wetlands and coastal environments
  • fund the purchase and management of land for conservation, catchment and coastal rehabilitation projects
  • support partnerships with private landholders and environment and community groups.
This year, $600,000 will be allocated to enhancing the region’s response to weeds. This will entail targeted weed management demonstration programs, building community, industry and other agency partnerships and a focus on exploring new technologies to improve our response to identifying and managing invasive weeds.

2021/22 Budget Schedules

The 2021/22 Budget Schedules were presented as attachments to the budget adoption report. The schedules include:


The following policies have been adopted as part of the 2020/21 Budget:

Along with the Revenue Statement 2021/22[5403KB]

Previous budgets