A year of milestones deliver the future for Division 4
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017
ImageThe significant progress being made on the new Maroochydore CBD, one of the Sunshine Coast’s game-changing projects, and a range of road improvements have been major highlights for Division 4 in the 2016/17 financial year, according to divisional councillor John Connolly.

The 53ha greenfield CBD site is now starting to take shape with civil works underway on the first stage including new roads, footpaths, cycleways, lighting, parks and landscaping.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new central business district on the Sunshine Coast and is a crucial element in building our healthy, smart, creative region”, Cr Connolly said.

“Anyone who passes by the project can see not only the sheer scale of it, but how much has changed in the past 12 months.

“While the Maroochydore CBD was a major focus of expenditure in this financial year, we have also seen plenty of capital works investment occurring across the division and further progress with the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.”

A number of the division’s streets and roads were included in council’s reseal program in 2016/17 with the main projects featuring three of the division’s busiest thoroughfares - Jessica Boulevard at Minyama ($229,000), Okinja Road at Alexandra Headland ($201,000) and Goonawarra Drive at Mooloolaba ($179,000).

Other completed reseals have included Lowanna Dr, Mallawa St, Werona St, and Iluka Ave at Buddina, Bangalow St at Minyama, Corella Dr at Parrearra, and Foote St at Mooloolaba, while Second Ave at Maroochydore, Admiralty Dr, Alice St and Atlantis Pde at Alexandra Headland, Brentwood Ave, Pettigrew St, Amarina Ave and Muraban St at Mooloolaba, are on track for completion by June 30.

“In keeping with council’s commitment to encourage healthier lifestyles, we have spent more than $1.6 million to add stages of the Minyama to Mooloolaba separated bikeway and the Goonawarra Dr cycle-way at Mooloolaba which will be completed in late June,” Cr Connolly said.

“It’s really pleasing to see locals and visitors taking up the opportunities these new bikeways provide to get around the division with improved safety.

Our residents are also taking advantage of pathway upgrades along the Nicklin Way at Minyama, Mooloolaba Esp and Candlewood Close at Mooloolaba, Buderim-Mooloolaba Road and Alexandra Pde at Alexandra Headlands, Parkway Dr and Lady Musgrave Dr at Mountain Creek, and the renewal of the boardwalk at beach access No.205 at Buddina.

“Our families are enjoying the new Pirate Park playground and shelters at Mooloolaba and we have recently opened a new enclosed children’s area at Kawana Library which is now a very welcoming and vibrant space for our kids.

“We also moving forward with our plans to improve La Balsa Park at Buddina and work is about to start on the upgrade of the Alex Skate Park at Alexandra Headland.”

Divisional funds contributed to new toilets at Kawana Surf Life Saving Club, including wheelchair access, ambulant toilets and a parent’s room.

Sunshine Coast Council will hand down its 2017/18 budget on June 15.

Division 4 highlights for 2016-17 include:
  • $1.12M for the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan
  • $1.10M for the Maroochydore CBD underground automated waste collection system
  • $880,000 to complete stage 4b of Minyama to Mooloolaba Separated Bikeway
  • $781,000 to complete the Goonawarra Dr, Mooloolaba cycleway
  • $280,000 to renew the seawall at Beach Terrace
  • $229,000 to reseal Jessica Blvd, Minyama
  • $203,000 to construct the Buderim-Mooloolaba Road footpath.