- Thursday 21 June 2018
Sunshine Coast Council’s 2018/19 budget is designed to invest in the future of the region.
Councillor Rick Baberowski said the $864 million 2018/19 budget would bring significant upgrades to parks, facilities and roads in Division 1.
“One of the major items is the $602,500 that has been allocated to upgrade the district swimming facility at the Beerwah Aquatic Centre to meet growing demand and deliver long-awaited quality improvements and additions,” Cr Baberowski said.
“The project will create a new entry, upgrade the main complex building, improve the car park and bus drop off area and add a new indoor heated program pool.
“The aim is to set a higher standard and improve the look, feel and function of the aquatic centre.
“I am also pleased that council is investing $2.4 million in transportation projects in Division 1 to continue making our road networks and footpaths safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“We’ll be investing $1.5 million upgrading a further 2.3km of Roys Rd, Beerwah to improve road safety and accommodate the level of traffic that now uses the road.”
Cr Baberowski said improving opportunities for outdoor recreation for both residents and tourists was a key priority of the budget.
“I am extremely proud to announce that new trails will be added to the southern part of the Glass House Mountains,” he said.
“Stage 1 of the upgrade will include a 1km extension connecting Beerburrum township to the summit of Mt Beerburrum and a second 4km trail for the more adventurous walkers which will provide excellent challenges and views.
“This will be the first ‘Rail to Trail’ concept delivered in the region.
“Further improvements will also be carried out in several parks around the division, including Skippy Park in Landsborough and Glass House Mountains District Park, and a fantastic new playground will be installed in Turner Park.
“In addition, council will continue upgrading local roads and waste management infrastructure to improve the safety and capabilities of our region.”
Division 1 highlights for the 2018/19 budget include:
- $2.8 million to construct a new landfill cell in Caloundra
- $1.8 million to design and construct the Baringa Community Centre
- $1.5 million to upgrade Roys Rd, Beerwah
- $602,500 to upgrade Beerwah Aquatic Centre
- $450,000 to widen Mary St, Landsborough
- $350,000 to design and construct a playground at Turner Park, Beerwah
- $250,000 for trails upgrade at Glass House Mountains
- $120,000 to extend the Beerwah Library