BOTH Division 8 and Division 9 have fared well in the upcoming budget handed down by Sunshine Coast Council last week with many infrastructure upgrades, new pathways and trails plus outdoor spaces for all ages featuring in the Sunshine Coast Council 2022–23 Budget.
Council’s $847 million budget includes a diverse and valuable mix of projects to create a stronger, better, sustainable Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez said this was her third budget as the community representative for Division 9.
“I’m pleased with the spread of projects across the suburbs,” Cr Suarez said.
“In Bli Bli, $349,000 will complete the sealing of Oyster Bank Road, which is currently a gravel road and will result in less dust for nearby residents and visitors.
“I’m also very excited to be able to contribute $59,000 to complete the Cenotaph project in Parklakes from the minor capital works fund, the remainder funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs through the Maroochy RSL sub-branch.
“This fantastic local project will bring together our old and new Bli Bli communities as we honour our service women, men and animals.”
Further north in Division 9, Coolum is set to see new amenities in Jack Morgan Park.
“Coolum locals and visitors can make use the new $350,000 amenities block planned for Jack Morgan Park and practise their ball skills on a new half-court basketball court in Lions-Norrie Job Park,” Cr Suarez stated.
“Lovers of our coastal pathway will be pleased that design will start on a 232 metre missing link along David Low Way, Coolum Beach, and it should be easier to exit the Coolum Sports Complex with an upgrade to the intersection onto David Low Way.”
The budget also has provisions for easier access to Peregian Beach from the Breeze.
“Plans are progressing for a new pathway along Emu Mountain Road, between Old Emu Road and David Low Way, to make the trip between Peregian Breeze and the beach safer for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The foreshore trail around Lake Weyba, at Weyba Downs, will benefit from a $650,000 investment to deliver a new footbridge and a more durable and sustainable track at the popular bird-spotting area plus an upgrade to the north-west carpark.
DIVISION 8 PROJECTS
Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said council would invest in many worthy projects across the Division 8 community.
“A $1.3 million investment will be shared across Division 8 parks and gardens to replace seating, bollards, and make exciting upgrades to park amenities and playgrounds.
“Warwick Daniels Lake View Park playground at Twin Waters will receive a $100,000 playground renewal including new playground equipment, soft-fall and edging, a sandstone retaining wall, new shade sale and new shade trees.
“Patrons of the North Shore Multi-Sports Complex and visiting sports clubs will be pleased to hear change rooms will also be upgraded.
“A further $1.3 million will go towards finalising the $1.5 million amenities refurbishment at Mudjimba Holiday Park, a popular destination for locals and tourists year-round,” Cr O’Pray said.
Division 8 Budget Highlights include:
*Bridge and boardwalk renewal Neurum Road, Yaroomba – $320,000
*Amenities renewal, Keith Royal Oval Park, Marcoola – $270,000
*Viewing platform North Shore dog park, Mudjimba – $100,000
*Orungal Park playground renewal, Marcoola – $80,000
*Pathway renewal, Prestwick Drive, Twin Waters – $75,000
*Playground shade Eliza Peatling Park, Pacific Paradise – $60,000
*Beach Access 131 Twin Waters beach Shower relocation and renewal – $34,000
*Beach Access 100 shower renewal, Marcoola Esplanade North, Marcoola – $25,000
*Softfall replacement Birrahl Park playground, Yaroomba – $23,000
*Design and construction new pathway, South Coolum Road, Coolum Beach – $20,000
Council handed down its $847 million budget on June 23.
DIVISION 9 SUBURBS
Bli Bli, Coolum Beach, Doonan, Marcoola, Maroochy River, Mount Coolum, Pacific Paradise, Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Valdora, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs and Yandina Creek.
DIVISION 8 SUBURBS
Coolum Beach, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Mount Coolum, Mudjimba, Pacific Paradise, Point Arkwright, Twin Waters, Yaroomba.
For further information on Sunshine Coast Council’s 2022–23 Budget, including a full list of Division 8 and Division 9 projects, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/budget.