2015/16 Year in Review - Division 5
  • Wednesday 01 June 2016

Delivering projects important to the wide variety of areas that make up Division 5 has been the focus for Sunshine Coast Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay over the past year and will continue to be the top priority going forward.

“From roads, bridges and pathways, and parks and gardens to sport and recreation facilities and community centres, there is such a diversity of projects I’m very proud to have been able to deliver to benefit our many different local communities,” Cr McKay said.

“Arguably the most important development over the past year will benefit the four legged amongst us, with construction started on the new $4.2m animal pound facility at Sippy Creek, Tanawha.

“The new pound, due for completion in October this year, will service the region’s growing pet population and animal management needs now and in to the future.”

Cr McKay said communities had seen more valuable investment in the many terrific sports centres and facilities over the past 12 months.

“In Palmwoods, renewal works have been undertaken at the Palmwoods Aquatic Centre ($140,000) and the Palmwoods Skate Park ($50,515) while $199,887 has gone towards the design and construction of a new carpark at the Palmwoods Sports Facility,” Cr McKay said.

“Over in Woombye, Victory Park’s netball courts have enjoyed a $138,754 makeover with an all new bitumen court ready for action.

“And I’m pleased to have started development of a masterplan for the Conondale Sport and Recreation Reserve ($100,000) which will investigate usage and determine the most appropriate type of sport, recreation and community uses at the precinct over the next 15 years.

“Residents are invited to provide feedback on the plan until June 17, so see council’s website.”

Cr McKay said keeping residents moving safely, comfortably and efficiently whether on the roads, pathways or boardwalks was always top of mind.

“We’ve made improvements to a number of local roads, including streetscape renewal works on Main St, Montville ($66,000) and reseal and rehabilitation works on Akala St, Flaxton ($110,000) and Sternberg Rd, Curramore ($6600),” Cr McKay said.

“At Maleny Showgrounds, we’ve invested $305,000 on a replacement footbridge and over at Obi Obi, $7500 construction works have started on the new Obi Obi Riverside Boardwalk.

“I’m confident locals and visitors will be particularly happy with the $239,000 spent to complete the Eudlo School Rd Bridge, Eudlo which replaced the timber structure with concrete.”

Cr McKay said Division 5’s beautiful green open spaces had also been a priority.

“Our much loved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve has enjoyed a $41,000 track renewal and the $4.7 million upgrade of the interpretive centre has commenced.  

“The young and the young at heart will appreciate the recently completed stage 1 of the Whipbird Walk children’s experiential garden at our stunning Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden with new features including beautiful Whipbird eggs carved from granite and new ‘pods’ created using living native plants.”

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

Other Division 5 budget highlights for 2015/2016 include:

  • $21,911 to upgrade the amenities building at Mooloolah Rec Reserve, Mooloolah
  • $34,910 to design and construct the Light Horse Memorial Plinth, Woombye
  • $53,004 to construct a footpath at Taintons Rd, Woombye
  • $46,500 on the stage 1 extension to Maleny Library 
  • $400,000 for culvert replacement on Harpers Creek Rd, Conondale 
  • $146,840 for causeway repairs on Cookes Rd, Conondale
  • $2855 towards the construction of the Eudlo Story Wall