2015/16 Year in Review – Division 9
  • Wednesday 01 June 2016

When asked to list Sunshine Coast Council’s top achievements in Division 9 over the past 12 months, divisional councillor Steve Robinson said there were so many projects – each very significant to local communities – that he couldn’t pick just a few.

It’s easy to see why.

To start, there was a major makeover of the Coolum Civic Centre (part of staged improvements to Jack Morgan Park), expansion of the Coolum Sports Complex, upgrades of the boardwalk and building at Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and the bitumen sealing of two roads.

Councillor Robinson said there had also been a number of small but popular recreational projects.

“In addition to some major projects, many of which cost more than $1 million, there was some really well-received recreational infrastructure installed such as new pathways with wonderful views at Point Arkwright and an indigenous-inspired playground at Bli Bli’s Muller Park,” Cr Robinson said.

“Aside from delivering some exceptional infrastructure projects for the communities of Division 9 over the past 12 months, council also made the significant decision to build the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – the biggest solar farm in Queensland – to offset our entire electricity consumption from green energy.

“All of these projects are improving the lifestyle and liveability of our townships, both now and into the future.”

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

Division 9 budget highlights for 2015/2016 include:

  • $2.7 million to seal North Arm-Yandina Creek Rd, North Arm
  • $2 million for replacement bridge at Eumundi Range Road
  • $1.7 million to upgrade Coolum Sports Complex
  • $628,000 to seal Sports Rd, Bli Bli
  • $600,000 for stage one of the upgrade to Jack Morgan Park precinct
  • $268,000 for the final stage of the new Muller Park playground, Bli Bli
  • $250,000 to add slip lanes at South Coolum Rd, Coolum to improve traffic flow and safety near Coolum State School
  • $190,000 to resurface Peregian Springs Dr, Peregian Springs
  • $182,500 for upgrades in stage six of the Maroochy Wetlands Boardwalk
  • $164,000 to upgrade bus stops across the division
  • $160,000 for the whale viewing platform at Second Bay, Coolum
  • $160,000 to complete the first stage of works at Mt Ninderry walking trail
  • $100,000 to the design and construction of the dog exercise area at Peregian Springs