$190m in funding for major projects across the region
  • Thursday 21 August 2008

A snapshot of the Major Projects across the Sunshine Coast totalling $190m in funding was accepted by Council today at the Ordinary Meeting.

Major Projects Portfolio Councillor Debbie Blumel said there are 30 major projects currently listed in the 2008/09 financial year which equate to an estimated value of $190m.

“Of the major projects listed, 18 are in the planning and design stage, 11 are in construction and one is in review.” Cr Blumel said.

“In subsequent years there are 15 major projects forecast which equate to an estimated value of $193m.”

The report details a project delivery procedure and flowchart, incorporating the initiation of major projects from various areas within council but with a common methodology for delivery, including planning coordination, delivery and review stages for the construction of council assets and infrastructure.

To support this, Cr Blumel recommended that the CEO and the Major Projects Portfolio Councillor work together to prepare a framework for Council’s consideration, outline an approach for successful major project inception, prioritisation, funding and delivery and that this be undertaken in association with the imminent organisational restructure.

“This recommendation is about building a strategic approach, extending connections across the organisation and utilising combined capability.

“A framework for Major Projects will provide an opportunity for councillors to consider the best new way – not just the best of the old ways - within the context of the regional council and will assist the organisation to achieve regional excellence at the front end of the major projects process,” Cr Blumel said.

Cr Blumel is an executive member of the National Seachange Taskforce, a member of the Council of Mayor’s Infrastructure Committee and Council’s liaison with the Area Consultative Committee all of which support her in the role of Major Projects Portfolio Councillor.

“Being a member of these strategic infrastructure planning committees provides me with broader policy context to effectively advocate to the Federal and State Governments on regional infrastructure funding priorities.” Cr Blumel said.