Cr OPray - Building confidence for a stronger community in Division 8
  • Tuesday 01 July 2014

Council’s 2014/15 budget is all about people, and for the people of Division 8 there is no shortage of exciting projects slated for the coming year.

This $509 million budget aims to build confidence for a stronger community with $114 million of important capital works projects, plus events which create a healthy lifestyle and initiatives to protect our environment and boost our economy.
One of the most significant projects for this area is the upgrade of Evans Street, and $6.7 million of work will occur over the next 12 months. This critical upgrade will increase road safety, safely accommodate forecast increased traffic volumes to the new Maroochydore City Centre, and improve cycle and pedestrian facilities.

I have no doubt the $325,000 makeover of the Bradman Avenue precinct will be well-received – it will be a significant improvement to the area and create even more opportunities for the active lifestyle we love in Division 8. An additional $110,000 will see the Bradman Avenue foreshore rehabilitated, too.

The Mudjimba Esplanade will undergo $120,000 worth of improvements and we’ll see some significant upgrades at North Shore District Sport Complex totalling $100,000.

A few other capital works highlights include an upgrade to the Nojoor Boat Ramp at North Shore; improvements to the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre and to the Cotton Tree and Maroochydore holiday parks; and upgrades to Lions Park at the Cod Hole, Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree Park, North Shore Lions Park, and the playground at Pierce Park.

Other items on the list are:
• Stormwater, flood and water quality works, and $325,000 of minor capital works improvements
• $50,000 for the Sunshine Cove weir portage steps
• $5000 for an air-conditioning system renewal at  Millwell Road Community Centre
• $186,000 for pedestrian and cycling facilities; and an additional $183,000 to repair footpaths along Duporth Avenue.

Council’s $1 million investment in major event sponsorship across the region will generate an estimated $40 million in economic activity in the coming financial year. There are a number of major events being held in Division 8 over the next year, including the Holden Scramble, Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships, Sunshine Coast Iron Man 70.3, Sunshine Coast Marathon, Sunshine Coast Winter Bowls Carnival and Surfing Queensland Series. With all the people this will bring to town, this is fantastic news for our small businesses.

Take a look at council’s website, or on our Facebook page, for further details on the budget.

First appeared in Maroochy Weekly on 3 July