Creating a safer secure future in Division 4
  • Thursday 24 June 2021
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A $2.5 million road upgrade at Maroochydore, continuation of the Maroochy Groyne project, a $5.25 million investment to upgrade the Mooloolaba Foreshore northern parkland and significant upgrades to parks are among the Sunshine Coast Council 2021/22 Budget highlights for Division 4.

Divisional Councillor Joe Natoli said council’s $816 million budget included a diverse and valuable mix of projects to create a safer, secure future.

“Improving safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, improving facilities and enhancing the lifestyle of residents and businesses remain a strong focus for my division,” Cr Natoli said.

“This includes a $24.6 million investment in Stage 2 and 3 of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade on Brisbane Road, inclusive of the $12 million Australian Government funding through the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.

“Brisbane Road at Mooloolaba currently carries around 20,000 vehicles per day and this is expected to increase to about 30,000 vehicles per day by 2041.

“Meanwhile, Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore, currently carries around 35,000 vehicles per day and this is expected to increase to above 40,000 vehicles per day by 2041.

“To ensure everyone commutes safely on this road, over the coming months council will upgrade the Maroochy Boulevard and Dalton Drive intersection thanks to a $2.5 million investment.

“Funds will be invested in Division 4 parks and playgrounds to help the Sunshine Coast community achieve a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle.

“Exercise equipment and new playground features will be installed at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Buddina and Warana.

“Even fishermen will benefit from this year’s budget with the renewal of the fish table at the Mooloolaba Spit.

“Funding has been allocated to develop a masterplan for the areas encompassing Point Cartwright, La Balsa Park and through to Kawana Surf Club.

“The masterplan will help create a vision for the area and guide future management of the site.

“Council will also invest more than $187,000 in new and upgraded stormwater quality infrastructure across Division 4.

“I am also very pleased to announce that $1.1 million will go towards the continuation of the Maroochy Goyne project.

“The next and final stage of the project is scheduled to start in this financial year and will focus on the two southern-most groyne structures and linking wall.”

Another $220,000 will be invested in the coastal pathway to extend the Bokarina-Warana section through to John Hotton Park, Bokarina.

The Coastal Pathway is the Sunshine Coast’s most popular shared pathway extending 73 kilometres from Bells Creek at Golden Beach in the south, to Coolum in the north.

Council handed down its $816 million budget on June 24.

Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/budget for more information on Sunshine Coast Council’s 2021/22 Budget.

Capital works highlights for Division 4:

  • $24.6 million for the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade (inclusive of the $12 million Australian Government funding through the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund)
  • $5.25 million for the Northern Parkland upgrade as part of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project.
  • $2.5 million to upgrade the intersection at Maroochy Boulevard and Dalton Drive, Maroochydore
  • $1.1 million towards continuation of Maroochy Groyne project, Maroochydore
  • $437,000 to improve stormwater drainage, including construction of Awinya Court drainage improvements, and design development for improvements in Maroochydore, Buddina, Alexandra Headland and Warana
  • $225,000 to upgrade the public amenities at the La Balsa Park boat ramp, Buddina
  • $220,000 to extend the Bokarina-Warana Coastal Pathway to John Hotton Park, Bokarina
  • $200,000 to upgrade the Kawana Library, Kawana
  • $180,000 to develop a master plan for Point Cartwright and La Balsa Park through to Kawana Surf Club, Kawana
  • $160,000 to upgrade open space area at Seaforth Park, Maroochydore
  • $150,000 to design and construct the Harbour Parade and Point Cartwright Drive Coastal Pathway, Buddina
  • $150,000 to upgrade irrigation at the Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore
  • $150,000 to renew shade sails at the Mooloolaba Foreshore Park, Mooloolaba
  • $144,000 to replace a section of pathway at Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
  • $130,000 to renew the shelter at Alan Walker Park, Buddina
  • $90,000 to install new fitness equipment at Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
  • $75,000 to renew walking trail at Alex Forest, Alexandra Headland
  • $70,000 to install new play equipment at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore
  • $63,000 to renew dog off leash area fence and infrastructure at Nicklin Way, Warana
  • $60,000 to renew the play equipment at Kevin Asmus Park, Buddina
  • $60,000 to renew playground at Cotton Tree Neighbourhood Playground, Cotton Tree
  • $55,000 to renew the playground at Pierce Park, Buddina
  • $30,000 to renew the barbecue near the playground in Coopers Lookout Park, Buddina,
  • $30,000 to renew three shelters in Alex Bluff Foreshore Park Maroochydore.
  • $18,000 to renew the fish table at the Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba
  • $17,000 to upgrade the playground carousel at the Pike Park, Warana