A budget for the future of roads and a new regional CBD
  • Wednesday 26 June 2013

Sunshine Coast Council has adopted a budget to deliver quality roads and waste services, and a new business centre in Maroochydore.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the $538 million budget includes a Capital Works Program worth $109 million, which focuses on renewing existing assets and delivering new infrastructure to the community.

“This budget is all about getting the fundamentals right; we’re reducing debt and increasing cash which allows us to repay our loans and pay for infrastructure,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council is getting the balance right between cutting costs and investing in the future—that includes a Capital Works Program which provides the right infrastructure for the region’s needs.

“Over the next 12 months council will continue its drive towards better roads and bridges, managing our waste and transport, revitalising some communities and creating a new regional CBD.”

Highlights of the $109 million Capital Works Program include:

  • $37.5 million for roads and bridges
  • $6 million for land acquisitions to create the new regional CBD at Maroochydore
  • $4 million for the streetscape revitalisation at Beerwah
  • $9.6 million for waste management
  • $1.7 million for the replacement and road upgrade at Moy Pocket Bridge
  • $2.2 million for the Nambour Resource Recovery Centre construction
  • $1.8 million for the transit hub construction at Maroochydore
  • $4.1 million for construction of Evans Street at Maroochydore.

Mayor Jamieson said it was always going to be a tough budget due to unprecedented challenges, including the financial fallout from de-amalgamation, rising costs and falling revenue.

“We know some people are finding it difficult to make ends meet and we have done everything we can to keep rates and waste increases as low as possible.

“That includes an organisation review to improve council’s efficiency and effectiveness, which will lead to job losses in the organisation.

“Rates will go up by 5 per cent and waste charges will increase by 7.4 per cent, which means an average ratepayer will pay an $1.22 extra a week.”