Building Australia’s smart region by investing in infrastructure
  • Thursday 16 June 2016
Infrastructure

Maintaining current assets and building new infrastructure to ensure the Sunshine Coast community continues to enjoy our healthy lifestyle is the focus of the council’s 2016/17 $253 million capital works program.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said catering for the region’s growing population was at the core of each infrastructure investment decision to ensure council continued to build Australia’s smart region.

“From this year’s $5 million investment to upgrade Evans St, Maroochydore to smaller projects such as $10,000 to renew beach access at Mudjimba, council’s capital works projects get to the heart of providing and maintaining those assets which contribute to why we love living on the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council has almost 3000 km of roads – the distance from here to Townsville return – 448 bridges and more than 1100km of pathways to maintain and they continue to be a priority in this year’s budget.

“Our community consultation highlighted the importance of road maintenance to our residents and it makes good business-sense to invest $41 million to maintain our road assets – valued at $1.318 billion – to prevent high-cost replacement down the track.

“And with continued growth in the road network and increased traffic volumes, more pressure will be placed on the sealed road network.

“That’s why council has committed $22.8 million in the 2016/17 road reseal and rehabilitation program, part of a 10-year $198 million investment program.”

This year council will invest $6 million in community and sporting facilities and $13 million on parks and gardens, including $500,000 to construct a play space area (paths, seating, trees, drainage) at Buderim Village Park

“An additional $59 million will be spent on transportation and stormwater projects and $6 million on the airport and holiday parks including $1.9 million to expand and refurbish Mudjimba Holiday Park,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Our environmental assets and coast canals and waterways will receive $6 million.

“Council’s waste management infrastructure will receive $13 million, including $3.29 million to expand the landfill at Caloundra Resource Recovery Centre.”

Other significant works include the $4.5 million investment in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Environment Visitor and Education Centre; and $1.6 million to construct the Sippy Creek Animal Refuge.

An additional $3.2 million will be invested in streetscaping at Bulcock St, Caloundra and $ 1.7 million for remediation and renewal works at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Council’s capital works program also includes $53 million to continue works at Maroochydore City Centre; $31 million to construct the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm and $25 million towards the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project.

The popular Coastal Pathway program will receive $690,000 in 2016/17 for planning, renewing and extending various sections of the pathway around Bokarina, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Kings Beach,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The pathway is a key feature of our relaxed coastal lifestyle and will receive an $11 million injection over the next 10 years.

“By investing in our infrastructure we are continuing to build Australia’s smart region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Major infrastructure projects in 2016/17 financial year ($253 million capital works program)

  • $22.8 million on the road reseal and rehabilitation program.
  • $13 million on waste management infrastructure including $3.29 million to expand the landfill at Caloundra Resource Recovery Centre.
  • $13 million on parks and gardens.
  • $5 million to continue to upgrade Evans St, Maroochydore ($19.7 million project)
  • $4.5 million to build a roundabout at Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore
  • $4.5 million to renew Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Environment Visitor and Education Centre
  • $3.2 million for streetscaping at Bulcock St, Caloundra
  • $2.5 million to upgrade Doonan Bridge Rd, Verrierdale to a two-lane sealed standard
  • $2.36 million to construct pedestrian and cycleway bridge over Eudlo Creek, David Low Way, Maroochydore
  • $1.9 million to expand and refurbish Mudjimba Holiday Park
  • $1.7 million for remediation and renewal works at The Events Centre, Caloundra
  • $1.6 million to construct the Sippy Creek Animal Refuge (continuing)
  • $1.24 million to construct the depot at Roys Rd, Beerwah
  • $1.6 million to expand the Buderim Basketball Stadium
  • $900,000 to construct public transport infrastructure for the Nambour Heritage Tram at Howard Street, Nambour
  • $800,000 for landscape works at Farrell St, Yandina
  • $691,500 to expand the Maroochydore Cycleway between Aerodrome Rd and Sixth Ave, Maroochydore
  • 690,000 for planning, renewing and extending the Coastal Pathway.
  • $670,000 to upgrade change rooms and carpark/road to Maroochy Junior Rugby League Facility
  • $650,000 to renew the Petrie Park Rd bridge, Nambour
  • $650,000 for safety works at the Eumundi Market Terraces
  • $650,000 to implement the Reserve 1000 Sports Complex Master Plan, Golden Beach (ongoing)
  • $550,000 to construct stage 4b of the cycleway from Minyama to Mooloolaba
  • $550,000 to upgrade the Nojoor Rd Boat Ramp
  • $522,000 to renew the Wegner Rd bridge, North Arm
  • $520,000 to construct a roundabout at Mons Rd, Forest Glen
  • $500,000 for streetscaping as part of Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan
  • $500,000 to construct play space area (paths, seating, trees, drainage) at Buderim Village Park
  • $445,000 to upgrade the Central Park car park at Arthur St, Caloundra
  • $400,000 to streetscape Margaret St, Palmwoods
  • $353,000 to construct a pathway at Karawatha Dr, Mountain Creek
  • $345,000 to construct a cycleway at Goonawarra Dr, Mooloolaba
  • $350,000 to replace the 25m pool surface at Coolum Aquatic Centre