Cr Robinson - Our community is our future in Division 9
  • Thursday 20 June 2019

The enviable quality of life enjoyed by Sunshine Coast Council’s Division 9 residents is set to be bolstered in the 2019/20 $848 million budget.

Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said the projects planned for his division for the next year were focused on investing in infrastructure that made a difference to the community and provided plenty of opportunities to enjoy the region’s natural wonders.

“As a healthy, smart, creative region, we understand our communities are our future and I am committed to providing improvements which make life in Division 9 even better than it already is,” Cr Robinson said.

“One of our most significant projects is in Bli Bli where streetscaping to define the town’s entrance is underway and a new park on the Maroochy River which will provide fantastic amenities with breathtaking views across the Maroochy River.

“We are also designing and building a new pedestrian boardwalk in Bli Bli off Whistler Street, potentially extending to the Descendants of the Australian South Sea Islanders Inc (DASSI) cultural land along the river.”

Cr Robinson said more work will go into the planning and design of the new Sunshine Coast Solar Farm Education and Information Centre in Valdora.

“It will provide a unique educational experience about renewable energy and how council has harnessed clean energy to lower whole of life costs compared to traditional electricity supply arrangements,” Cr Robinson said.

“Another highlight will be our investment in creating a new visitor plan for the Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve, which will help us protect this important bushland.

“Point Perry to First Bay in Coolum is another hot spot for improvements, with work starting soon to upgrade the coastal pathway, car park and beach shower as part of the Point Perry Concept Plan Implementation.

“Kids in Division 9 will have plenty to smile about, with the first stage of the Peregian Springs Multi-purpose Active Play Space to include new basketball and netball hoops, skate elements and landscaping.

“With safety such a high priority, I’m also pleased to share that we are replacing the cracked and uneven pathway at the Coolum Primary School.”

Division 9 highlights for the 2019/20 budget include:

  • $1.5 million to acquire land and streetscape at Bli Bli
  • $450,000 to investigate and implement a pedestrian boardwalk at Bli Bli
  • $440,000 to implement the Point Perry Concept Plan
  • $220,000 to upgrade the Coolum Beach Visitor Information Centre
  • $200,000 to design and scope the new Solar Farm Education Centre and Information Centre
  • $75,000 to continue work on a new multi-purpose active play space at Peregian Springs
  • $75,000 for park furniture and bollard renewals at Dunethin Rock, Maroochy River
  • $70,000 for a new visitor plan for the Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve
  • $60,000 to renew the playground at Magenta Park, South Coolum
  • $46,000 replace pathway at Coolum Primary School.