- Wednesday 01 June 2016
From roads to parks and pathways to sports facilities, Sunshine Coast Council Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said he was spoilt for choice when asked to narrow down the projects he was most proud of over the past financial year.
“Certainly ranking right up there though would be the completion of the widening and bitumen sealing of the 6.2km long Paynters Creek Rd, Rosemount, providing its many daily users with a smoother, safer journey,” Cr Hungerford said.
“Construction works to Paynters Creek Rd were undertaken in a staged process over a 15-year period based on available funding, the length of the road, location, usage and priority safety improvements.
“Following the $182,000 sealing of the last remaining sections of Paynters Creek Rd, I am delighted to see the once gravel road now fully sealed all the way from Nambour in the north-west to Diddillibah in the east.
“Getting the road network across the division in tip top shape has been a real focus this year, with numerous other roads also enjoying facelifts including the resurfacing of Tanawha Rd, Tanawha ($160,000), Diddillibah Rd ($90,000), Elkhorn St ($183,000) and Seymour Close ($57,000).
“Since being elected a councillor 12 years ago, I’ve managed to seal more than half the gravels roads in the division I represent.”
Cr Hungerford said another priority had been improving the division’s many parks and gardens.
“This is a division where trees, greenery and beautiful, green wide open spaces are integral to our lifestyle and continuing to maintain, enhance and increase this wonderful attribute is very important to me,” Cr Hungerford said.
“At Lions Park at Fishermans Rd, Maroochydore, the many locals and visitors who regularly flock there can now easily access the sandy beach-like front to Eudlo Creek thanks to the $44,000 installation of new rubber matting covering the rocks.
“This has of course been particularly popular with all the kayakers and skiers who favour this spot.
“Over at Wirreanda Park, Buderim there’s a new shelter ($25,000) contributing to the overall spectacular setting for the many weddings held there, as well as benefiting all of the local families who enjoy the playground and shady trees.
“I think everyone who heads to Stuart Weir Place to view one of our most valuable natural assets will also appreciate the $39,000 invested in removing weeds and revegetating Martin’s Creek.
“Meanwhile over at Whites Lookout in Buderim, $25,000 has gone towards weed removal, beautification and landscaping works.
“And experiencing the exquisite rainforest and native bushland of the EJ Foote Sanctuary has become even better following the completion of an upgraded $158,000 car park along with $8500 for new handrails.
“The stunning Maroochy River Foreshore has also been on the agenda this year, with $100,000 funding the staged implementation of the masterplan.”
Cr Hungerford said it would be remiss of him if he didn’t count the significant investments into the division’s many sports and recreation facilities as a key highlight of the year.
“The many members and visitors of the Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club facility will be pleased to learn a significant $870,000 has been spent towards the staged implementation of the development plan including upgrading the change rooms, car park and road,” Cr Hungerford said.
“And our AFL players haven’t missed out, with $15,000 spent on two new coach boxes at the Maroochydore Multisports Complex.
“Plus, Buderim Aquatic Centre will be looking fresher with $40,000 allocated to renew pool coping tiles.”
Sunshine Coast Council will hand down its 2016/17 budget on June 16.
Other Division 7 budget highlights for 2015/2016 include:
- $55,000 to renew Lakeshore Ave Park pathway, Buderim
- $50,000 to improve Lindsay Rd, Buderim safety
- $50,000 to install pipe culvert at Wises Farm easement, Buderim
- $31,000 to construct new Eckersley Ave, Buderim footpath
- $27,000 to continue path at Mons School Rd, Buderim
- $15,000 to remove weeds at Pine St, Buderim
- $8500 for Buderim entry statement signage