Building Australia’s smart region in Division 5
  • Thursday 16 June 2016

From Maleny in the south to Tanawha in the east, Conondale in the west and Flaxton in the north, Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said local residents would appreciate the extensive breadth and variety of projects on the cards for the year ahead.

“The $253 million Sunshine Coast Council capital works budget is building Australia’s smart region by allocating funding across a range of priority areas for Division 5 to benefit its many diverse communities,” Cr McKay said.

“Maintaining and enhancing green open spaces and environmental assets is reflective of a smart budget and will continue to be a major focus over the coming year.

“By mid-2017, visitors will be able to enjoy an educational experience at the new Discovery Centre at our much loved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, with an elevated viewing platform and boardwalk, and meeting theatrette.

“Once finished the $4.5 million renewal will better deliver on the Thynne sisters’ desire to conserve and exhibit the Reserve’s stunning flora, fauna and scenery.

“And the staged delivery of the Whipbird Village Experiential Garden within our stunning Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden will continue with $100,000 invested over the next 12 months aimed at creating a space to entice both children and the young at heart to discover their whimsical side and interact with nature.

“Thanks must be given to the Friends of the Garden who have played a fundamental role in partnership with council in the design, implementation and funding of the Whipbird Village.

“Local parks are also in the spotlight, with a big focus on popular Montville Russell Family Park which has exciting changes ahead as a $100,000 detailed design plan is prepared in preparation for construction for the following year.”

Cr McKay said keeping residents safe and connected when on the go was also a key priority for the Division 5 region.

“Streetscape works will continue in both Margaret St, Palmwoods and Main St, Montville, with $400,000 and $180,000 in funding allocated respectively,” Cr McKay said.

“Bridge renewals also receive funding in 2016/17, with various works planned for Cookes Bridge, Conondale ($20,000), Jillian Bridge, Diamond Valley ($13,000), Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens Pedestrian Bridge, Tanawha ($10,000) and Montville Park Pedestrian Bridge, Montville ($15,000). 

“And of course funding allocated towards the resealing and pavement rehabilitation of the divisions’ roads will also be put to good use, with 34 roads receiving treatment.”

Cr McKay said local residents wanting to keep active and healthy would be happy to hear valuable investment had been made into many of the local sports centres and facilities.

“In Palmwoods, we’ll be undertaking an electrical upgrade ($30,000) at the Palmwoods Briggs Sports Oval and replacing the pool filtration systems ($15,000) at Palmwoods Aquatic Centre,” Cr McKay said.

“Local skate park enthusiasts will appreciate the $35,000 upgrade to the half pipe at the Maleny Skate Park, while members of, and visitors to, the Nambour/Woombye District Sportsground will welcome $150,000 to upgrade the facility.”      

Cr McKay said last but by no means least, one of the biggest and most exciting investments in Division 5 would have the most benefit for the four legged amongst us.

“Council has allocated $1.6 million to construct the new animal pound facility at Sippy Creek which is on schedule to be completed by October this year,” Cr McKay said.  

“The current pound has been servicing the Coast for more than 30 years and demand on the service has grown significantly over that time. The new pound will have the ability to service the region’s growing pet population and animal management needs now and in to the future.

Division 5 budget highlights include:

  • $4.5 million to construct the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre
  • $1.6 million to construct the animal pound facility, Sippy Creek
  • $400,000 to streetscape Margaret St, Palmwoods
  • $180,000 to streetscape Main St, Montville
  • $155,000 for stormwater upgrades across Division 5 including $80,000 on McGilchrist Rd, Eudlo
  • $150,000 to upgrade the facilities at Nambour/Woombye District Sportsground
  • $100,000 to construct the next stage of the Whipbird Village Experiential Garden at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha
  • $100,000 to upgrade Maleny Library
  • $100,000 to design the upgrade to Montville Russell Family Park
  • $35,000 to upgrade the half pipe at Maleny Skate Park
  • $30,000 for an electrical upgrade at Palmwoods Briggs Sports Oval, Palmwoods
  • $25,000 to renew Panyters Creek Rest Area, Woombye
  • $20,000 to renew Cook Park Playground, Maleny
  • $20,000 to renew Cookes Bridge, Conondale
  • $10,000 to renew Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens Pedestrian Bridge, Tanawha
  • $15,000 to renew Montville Park Pedestrian Bridge, Montville   
  • $15,000 to replace the pool filtration system at Palmwoods Aquatic Centre
  • $15,000 for recreational infrastructure at Kirbys Road Environmental Reserve, Montville.
  • $13,000 to renew Jillian Bridge, Diamond Valley.