2015/16 Year in Review - Division 1
  • Wednesday 01 June 2016

Million-dollar-plus upgrades to key roads were major highlights of the 2015/16 financial year in Division One, according to local councillor Rick Baberowski.

On the eve of the Sunshine Coast Council’s 2016/17 Budget being handed down on June 16, Cr Baberowski said the investment in Glenview Rd, Glenview, Roys Rd, Beerwah and Storrs Rd, Peachester had produced significantly improved road safety for local residents and visitors.

“Upgrading our infrastructure is just one way council is improving safety for our local road users across the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The Glenview Rd $1.4 million upgrade included road realignment and reconstruction, improved sight lines, widened shoulders, and reduced the severity of a previously hazardous crest in the road.

“The $1.15 million further upgrade to Roys Rd will make it easier and safer for motorists to travel between Beerwah and the still relatively new intersection onto the Bruce Hwy.

“In this stage of work, which is nearing completion, we are upgrading around 1.1km of the road. This is a solid start on progressively upgrading what is going to become a future key arterial road between Beerwah, the Bruce Highway and Aura at Caloundra South.

“This scenic road will ultimately provide an alternative and slightly quicker route for residents and make it easier for visitors to enjoy everything the Glasshouse area has to offer.

“In Peachester, the $700,000 Storrs Rd project widened a 600m section of road to match the rest of the road environment, providing a consistent and safe travelling experience.”

Cr Baberowski said another significant project completed in the last 12 months was the $330,000 upgrade to Old Gympie Road, from Beerburrum-Woodford Rd to Glasshouse-Woodford Rd.

“This was part of the reseals and rehabilitation program for Division One in 2015/16 which also included smaller projects at Upper Mount Mellum Road, Bald Knob Road, Burgess Avenue, Buckley Street, Silverbirch Court, Reed Street and Jacaranda Place,” Cr Baberowski said.

“During the past year, we also undertook some highly significant work in the sub-regional centre of Beerwah.

“There was another $192,000 invested in and around the streetscape project in Simpson St which has transformed the town with a fresh look while retaining a modern country feel which is what the local community wanted.

“Council also contributed $90,000 to the improved design and relocation of the RSL cenotaph and we started implementing our Turner Park landscape plan which is going to result in another great district level park for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

“After its relocation from the former RSL club, the improved cenotaph was the centrepiece of Anzac Day commemorations held at Turner Park for the first time this year.

“It was very pleasing to have so much positive feedback on what we now have there in Turner Park and to be able to add the memorial garden for quiet reflection and to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women.”

Sunshine Coast Council will hand down its 2016/17 budget on June 16.

Division 1 budget highlights for 2015/2016 also included:

  • $200,000 to construct footpath and landscaping, with playground equipment to be installed at Dana Cl, Glass House Mountains
  • $50,988 to upgrade Pathfinder Dr, Caloundra Airport
  • $35,986 to renew the fire trail at Bobbie Sattler Reserve, Bells Creek
  • $34,500 to construct footpath at Ghostgum Cl, Little Mountain
  • $31,944 to upgrade the entrance to Landsborough tennis courts
  • $31,027 to construct footpath at Church St, Beerburrum
  • $27,904 to design and install the entry statement to Pioneer Park, Landsborough
  • $24,000 for improvements to Mooloolah Valley Skate Park
  • $24,000 to install shelter and seating at Newton Park, Beerwah
  • $16,676 to extend the shade sail at Rawson St, Caloundra West
  • $15,804 to construct footpath at O’Reilly Dr, Caloundra West
  • $13,346 for the detailed landscape plan at Glass House Mountains District Park -
  • $11,190 to install lighting at Bellvista Meeting Place
  • $11,000 to renew the rock wall and path at Peachester Cemetery.