- Tuesday 12 June 2018
From parks to pathways and roads to sports facilities, Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford is proud of the wide diversity of projects delivered throughout the division over the past financial year.
Cr Hungerford said that in keeping with council’s vision to build a healthy, smart, creative community, many different projects have been planned, undertaken and are underway in Division 7 to benefit local residents.
“For the first time, our invaluable local gem Buderim Village Park was all decked out for Buderim’s Christmas Carols, with new features including a multi-purpose performance/stage area ($636,800), a village square and an amenities building ($456,900),” Cr Hungerford said.
“Council has built this 3.4 hectare park from the ground up over the past five years and it now boasts landscaped gardens, a lush village green along with stunning views of the Glass House Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
“I could not have been any prouder to see hundreds of residents come together here to celebrate Christmas.”
Cr Hungerford said it would be remiss of him if he didn’t count the significant investments in the division’s many sports and recreation facilities as a key highlight of the year.
“A huge drawcard for the region has been the construction of not one but 10 new high quality concrete acrylic surface netball courts at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex,” he said.
“As well as supporting our local players, these new $1.5 million additional courts – providing the complex with 20 hard courts altogether – played a major role in securing the national NetFest event to the Sunshine Coast on October 4-7, where up to 2500 participants are expected.
“Meanwhile, the many members and visitors to the popular Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club facility can now take advantage of the $650,000 newly constructed car park, which has a total of 108 bays.
“Plus, Buderim Aquatic Centre will be looking fresher with $140,000 allocated to renew pool tiles and starting dive blocks.”
Cr Hungerford said he was pleased to deliver upgrades and improvements to a number of roads across the division to provide a safer, smoother journey for locals and passers-through.
“Over the past 12 months we have resealed Pittards Rd ($277,100), North Buderim Blvd ($101,500) and Jones Rd ($359,600) at Buderim, Kiels Mountain Rd, Kiels Mountain ($203,600), Woodchester Close, Rosemount ($110,600) and Tallow Wood Drive, Kuluin ($66,400), to name a few,” he said.
“It seems fitting to end with possibly my proudest project delivered over the last two years – the $3.2 million roundabout at Mons Road Owen Creek Road, Forest Glen.
“In addition to significantly improving traffic flow now – particularly for school drop off and pick up, and to access nearby businesses – this project will allow the intersection to cope with increased traffic in the future as the Sunshine Coast’s population increases.”
Sunshine Coast Council will deliver its 2018/19 budget on June 21.
Division 7 highlights for 2017/2018 included:
- $40,000 for new pathway on Cogill Road, Buderim
- $21,700 to reseal Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha
- $106,200 to reseal Sawreys Road, Maroochydore
- $47,500 to improve safety on Kiel Mountain Road
- $25,000 to renew Buderim Bowls Club pathway, Buderim
- $35,000 for street lighting on Glen Kyle Drive Street, Buderim