Cr Dwyer - Budget wins for Division 2
  • Thursday 07 July 2016

Budget wins for Division 2

Health, happiness and opportunity is the focus for Division 2 projects in the 2016/17 budget.

I am pleased to announce that just under $9.5m in infrastructure projects have been approved in the latest council budget, part of a planned $58.7m spend on divisional projects over the next 10 years.

Our biggest investment this year is $3.2m for streetscaping in Bulcock Street and the surrounding Caloundra CBD area. This priority project, developed with input from the Caloundra CBD taskforce, forms part of a long term strategy for the revitalisation of the Caloundra CBD.

The Events Centre Caloundra will also receive $1.7m for much-needed repairs and refurbishment.

Sport and recreation facilities will benefit from $1.1m, of which $650,000 is allocated to the Reserve 1000 master plan at Golden Beach.

A further $200,000 is available to renew the much-loved Moffat Beach playground, $15,000 for the Kings Beach Amphitheatre playground and $90,000 for improvements to pedestrian and cyclist facilities along The Esplanade at Bulcock Beach.

Essential infrastructure and environmental safeguards to support current and future needs of our growing community are also reinforced in this budget.

More than $700,000 will be spent on transportation and stormwater infrastructure at the Caloundra CBD, Moffat Beach and Pelican Waters to improve drainage and flood mitigation.

Further details about the 2016/17 council budget and highlights for Division 2 are available on council’s website under ‘news’ and ‘councillor news’.  You can also follow my Facebook page for updates on what is happening in Caloundra: Cr Tim Dwyer - Division 2.

Keeping Bulcock Street safe

The revitalisation of Caloundra’s Bulcock Street is progressing well, with new footpaths providing easy access to businesses while the streetscaping upgrades take place.

Damaging and unsafe roadside figs trees and concrete planter boxes have now been removed, improving public safety and allowing work to start on a new street profile. The two large fig trees in the Otranto Avenue and Minchinton Street roundabouts will remain.

Both council and independent arborists determined that the roadside fig trees presented significant safety issues caused by structural instability, which resulted in ongoing maintenance costs. Their structural instability has been increasingly evident in recent years, with a large branch falling despite arborists’ efforts to brace the trees.

After consulting with traders, property owners and residents, council determined in 2010 that these fig trees would need to be removed due to the safety risk and damage to buildings and underground services.

New leafy advanced size Hard Quandong trees, grown in council’s nursery over the past three years, will be planted with many other additional plants and shrubs later this year to provide a welcoming, green and natural street environment.

First appeared in Caloundra Weekly 7 July 2016.