Shaping a future for Division 5
  • Friday 26 June 2015

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 $588 million Council budget has allocated funding across a range of priority areas for Division 5 aimed at shaping a positive future for our environment, community and economy,” Cr McKay said.

“With so many diverse communities throughout this division, I am pleased to see this has been reflected in the budget allocation.”

Cr McKay said maintaining, enhancing and improving green open spaces and environmental assets would continue to be a major focus over the coming year.

“Our much loved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve will enjoy a $41,000 track renewal while the stunning Whipbird Garden at our tranquil Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden will also have a $75,000 revitalisation,” she said.

“Local children and visitors to the Old Orchard Neighbourhood Park and the Orange Grove Park in Palmwoods will be happy about the playground upgrades planned, with $34,000 and $45,000 funding allocated respectively.” 

Cr McKay said communities would see more valuable investment into the many terrific sports centres and facilities in the next 12 months.

“In Palmwoods, renewal works will be undertaken at the Palmwoods Aquatic Centre ($140,000) and the Palmwoods Skate Park ($40,000).

“We will be investing $110,000 into the planning and development of the Nambour/Woombye Sportsground – the recently purchased land with dual environment and recreation functions.

“Also in Woombye, Victory Park’s netball courts will enjoy a $100,000 makeover.”

Cr McKay said keeping residents moving safely, comfortably and efficiently whether on the roads, pathways or boardwalks was also a key priority for the Division 5 region.

“Both Margaret St in Palmwoods and Main St in Montville will be undergoing streetscape works, with $75,000 and $30,000 in funding allocated respectively,” she said.

“I’m also pleased to see $235,000 has been allocated towards replacing the footbridge at Maleny Showgrounds.

“We’ll also be investing $140,000 to improve safety for users of the pedestrian crossing between the sportsfields in Palmwoods and, of course, the $985,000 of funding towards reseal and pavement rehabilitation projects across the division will also be put to good use.”

Cr McKay said arguably the most important development of all over the coming year would be to benefit the four legged amongst us.

“Following the finalisation of the design and layout, an all-new $4.5 million animal pound facility will now be constructed at Sippy Creek, Tanawha over the next two financial years, with $2.3million being allocated in 2015-16 to construct stage one. ”

Division 5 Budget Highlights

  • $2.3 million for Sippy Creek Animal Pound ($4.6 million over two years)
  • $985,000 for road reseal and rehabilitation
  • $400,000 to replace culvert at Harpers Creek Rd, Conondale
  • $235,000 to replace Maleny Showgrounds footbridge
  • $180,000 for repairs to Cookes Rd, Conondale causeway
  • $140,000 to improve pedestrian crossing between sports fields at Jubilee Dr, Palmwoods
  • $140,000 for Palmwoods Aquatic Centre renewal works
  • $119,000 for Sippy Creek Collections depot toilet
  • $110,000 of the $900,000 Nambour/Woombye Sportsground planning and development project
  • $100,000 to renew netball courts at Victory Park, Woombye
  • $75,000 for Whipbird Garden – Maroochy Regional Botanical Gardens
  • $75,000 for Margaret St Palmwoods streetscape ($2.5 million project to start within three years)
  • $50,000 to construct cul de sac at Railway St, Palmwoods
  • $46,500 for Stage 1 of Maleny Library extension (an additional $850,000 to be spent over three years)
  • $45,000 for Orange Grove, Palmwoods playground
  • $41,000 to renew  Mary Cairncross track
  • $40,000 for Palmwoods skatepark retaining wall
  • $34,000 for Old Orchard Park playground equipment
  • $31,000 for Sippy Creek Collections depot car park
  • $30,000 for Main St Montville streetscapes
  • $20,000 for Sir Francis Nicklin Park, Palmwoods playground equipment
  • $7,000 to upgrade disability parking at Neill Rd, Mooloolah Valley