- Wednesday 01 June 2016
In the soon-to-end financial year, more than $7.7 million in infrastructure projects have been completed in Division 2.
Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said these projects were focused on planning for our future, improving our economy and enhancing our way of life.
“The infrastructure projects completed this year were strategic, building on previous achievements to meet the needs of our dynamic and growing community,” Cr Dwyer said.
“At the very heart of Division 2, council invested $1.76 million on streetscaping on Bulcock St, Caloundra and surrounding precincts.
“These projects incorporated recommendations from the Caloundra CBD Taskforce, maximising their valuable community input.
“Around $1.43 million was spent upgrading parks and gardens around Caloundra to ensure plentiful access to open spaces for the recreation and relaxation activities that our community appreciates and enjoys.
“This expenditure included the start of major works to further develop the popular Caloundra Headlands Foreshore Park and upgrades to the Moffat Beach playground, which will continue over the coming years.
“Signalling the start of a five-year project, $464,000 was injected into the upgrade of the car park in Russell Barker Memorial Park at Golden Beach
“Upgrades and maintenance at the Caloundra Aquatic Centre, Caloundra Indoor Stadium and Caloundra Skate Park were also completed and preliminary works initiated at Kings Beach pool, Caloundra Junior Rugby Club and Ormonde Tce community facilities.”
Cr Dwyer said $150,000 was allocated toward a flood study of the proposed Caloundra South site and its impact on Pumicestone Passage.
“While the growth that will flow from Caloundra South is welcome, we are equally alert to any potential environmental impacts upon the area,” Cr Dwyer said.
“More than 150,000 additional people are forecast to be living on the Sunshine Coast by 2031—and most of them will be building and residing here at the southern end of the Coast.
“That is why it is essential we have the infrastructure and environmental safeguards in place to best manage that population growth.
“I’m excited about continuing to build on the great work achieved in Division 2 over the past 12 months and look forward next financial year’s budget being handed down on June 16.”
Division 2 budget highlights for 2015/2016 include:
- $1.76 million for streetscaping around Bulcock St
- $464,000 to upgrade Russell Barker Oval Car Park
- $600,000 to upgrade Caloundra Headland Foreshore Parks
- $166,076 to construct path and fencing at Kings Beach Park—Caloundra Music Festival Precinct