A year of milestones deliver the future of Division 1
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017

Significant improvements to parks, roads, and community assets has been the focus for the capital works budget in Division 1 during the 2016/17 financial year.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said major investment in waste management infrastructure, including $3 million to expand the landfill at Caloundra Resource Recovery Centre was among the many major projects delivered in Division 1.  

“I am pleased to have delivered such a wide range of projects and core community facilities during the past 12 months,” Cr Baberowski said.

“We’re up and running on a number of larger staged projects, at the same time as enhancing community assets which are enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

“Top of the staged priority list remains parks and gardens receiving more than $500,000 in funding in 2016/17.

“One of our goals is to offer the best variety of family friendly parks in the region, and potentially South-East Queensland, and we are certainly making strong progress towards that target.

“The new Glass House District Recreation Park has also been on the agenda this year, with a further $326,000 funding the staged implementation of the master-plan, which is set to become the first new District Park for our part of the Sunshine Coast.

“Once completed, I’m sure it will become one of those wow ‘must see’ places for locals and visitors and will be a hub for community events and get-togethers.

“Peace Memorial Park in Landsborough has also received a further $200,000 to improve the public amenities, benefiting all of the local families who enjoy the park and tennis club.

“During the past year, we have also seen new features and facility renewals at Newton Park in Beerwah, Courthouse Park and Pioneer Park at Landsborough, Lillypilly Court Park at Meridan Plains and Uniting Park at Glass House Mountains.”

Cr Baberowski said another priority had been to improve transport infrastructure and connectivity, making it easier and safer for motorists to travel.

“The three main projects for the year were a staged widening of a section of Pikes Road, Glass House Mountains ($400,000 starting May), a sealed car park to service the pool and skate park at Roberts Road, Beerwah ($335,000) and at Carnarvon Dr, Beerwah ($372,000) where we completed road widening and a connection to the new Coochin Twins development,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Council also contributed $2.28 million to construct a new council depot at Roys Road, Beerwah and $105,000 to the Caloundra Aerodrome and will continue to focus its efforts on maintaining current assets and building new infrastructure to ensure the community continues to enjoy our healthy lifestyle.”

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

Division 1 budget highlights for 2016/2017 include:

  • $3.08M to expand the landfill at Caloundra Resource Recovery Centre
  • $2.28M to construct the depot at Roys Road, Beerwah
  • $400,000 to widen Pikes Road, Glass House Mountains
  • $335,000 to seal the carpark at Roberts Road, Beerwah
  • $100,000 at the Caloundra South Precinct 2 to plan and design the Community Centre and the Sports Club House.