Building Australia’s smart region in Division 6
  • Thursday 16 June 2016

Upgrading road infrastructure and helping residents keep healthy have been the two priorities for Division Six councillor Christian Dickson and reflective of Sunshine Coast Council’s 2016/17 $253 million capital works budget aimed at building Australia’s smart region.

The upcoming 12 months are highlighted by the expansion of the Buderim Basketball Stadium stadium at Elizabeth Daniels Park, one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier indoor venues, which has received a $1.24 million injection from council as part of a $2.1 million project.

There will be another $180,000 spent on implementing the park’s master plan which includes upgrading the access road to the stadium as well as carpark and footpath works.

The construction of the Karawatha Drive Pathway ($353,000) will also be welcomed by residents who enjoy riding and walking around Division Six.

Buderim’s Ballinger Park Sports Complex ($70,000) and Quota Hideaway Park at Mountain Creek ($55,000) are also in line for upgrade and renewal work.

“Building a safe and cohesive community is testament of a smart budget. I love seeing people out and about enjoying a healthy lifestyle and over the next 12 months we will be dedicated to improving our facilities and options in Division Six,” Cr Dickson said.

“We know we live in a great part of the world, with a very enviable climate, and our locals are looking for more things to do with their spare time and better facilities to enjoy.

“At the basketball stadium, which is the home for a number of recreational clubs and groups, we will see a further two indoor courts being developed to complement the existing one court stadium.

“This expansion is going to further enhance sport and recreation opportunities for Sunshine Coast residents and make it easier for us to attract more major carnivals and events.

“Council’s funding injection complements the State Government’s contributed amount of $871,000 from the ‘Get Playing Plus’ program.”

Cr Dickson said he would also be allocating $150,000 from the Division Six divisional funds to local park upgrades during 2016/17.

“I have committed $150,000 per year for each of the next four years to bring some of our older parks up to the high standards we have in our other parks,” Cr Dickson said.

“These local parks are at the heart of our communities and are very much loved by our families.”

There are a range of road projects across the division in the upcoming year, highlighted by $100,000 allocated to the detailed design of the upgrade to Sippy Downs Drive.

“The start of this work is going to make our residents especially happy,” Cr Dickson said.

“This is the link between our growing Sunshine Coast University and the emerging Sippy Downs Town Centre precinct to the Bruce Highway.

“Traffic congestion has been an issue in that area and we will be ensuring that is taken care of with this design work which will be the lead-in to the delivery of the project in future budgets.”

Other road infrastructure projects in Division Six include kerb and channelling work at Nyes Cres, Buderim ($96,000) and detailed design for the future Stringybark Rd, Buderim, widening and lighting project ($50,000).

“The lighting and pathway widening project is a very important one for the residents in that area,” Cr Dickson said.

“It is going to improve the safety on what has become a busier thoroughfare with the developments taking place around Sippy Downs.

Division 6 budget highlights include:

  • $1.24 million to expand the Buderim Basketball Stadium
  • $400,000 for minor emergent capital works
  • $353,000 to construct a pathway at Karawatha Dr, Mountain Creek
  • $180,000 to implement the master plan at Elizabeth Daniels Park, Buderim
  • $100,000 for detailed design of Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs
  • $96,000 for kerb and channelling at Nyes Cr, Buderim
  • $75,000 to design the bio basin at Buderim Resource Recovery Centre
  • $70,000 to upgrade the Ballinger Park Sports Complex, Buderim
  • $55,000 to renew the playground at Quota Hideaway Park, Mountain Creek
  • $50,000 for street lighting on Stringybark Rd, Buderim
  • $39,852 to put a protective coating on the bridge at Prelude Dr, Mountain Creek
  • $35,357 for stormwater works at Tilapia Ct, Mountain Creek
  • $35,000 to seal a section of the road at Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim
  • $26,000 to streetscape the intersection of Sippy Downs Dr and Stringybark Rd, Sippy Downs
  • $25,000 to renew the pathway around the Mountain Creek lakes
  • $24,000 to streetscape the intersection of Karawatha Dr and Prelude Dr, Mountain Creek
  • $20,000 to upgrade the Windmill Park Skate Park, Sippy Downs
  • $15,000 to renew the carpark and entry of Buderim Cemetery
  • $8,000 to upgrade the playground at Brightwater community park