Moreton Bay Regional Council has just handed down its Budget for 2022-23. We take a look at what it means for residents living in Divisions 4, 5 and 6. Here’s the highlights…
Legacy issues with roads and connectivity must be fixed before Moreton Bay’s population gets any bigger, Deputy Mayor Jodie Shipway says.
But ahead of the big infrastructure investments beginning, there’s already reason to celebrate.
“The community have been waiting patiently for Stage 1 of the brand new $10.4 million Griffin Sports Complex to open, and it’s finally happening this month after some major weather setbacks,” Cr Shipway says.
“This has been an incredible effort but worth the wait with three new rugby league fields, road works, irrigation systems, sewage and stormwater installation, landscaping and revegetation.
“I think this major project is a testament to what can be achieved when you have a long-term vision and belief in making our community better, which is what Budget 2022-23 is all about.
Cr Shipway says work will continue on projects started last year to fix notoriously bad intersections at Bunnings/Costco in North Lakes and the reconstruction of Henry Rd and Dohles Rocks Rd in Griffin thanks to Federal funding, as well as starting the extension of Lamington Rd to Anzac Ave at Mango Hill.
“This means the long-awaited Mango Hill Ring Road will become a reality, with $2.5 million to provide a second entrance to Mango Hill Village, and in doing so will assist traffic flow in the area.
“In fact there’s more than $5.7 million in this year’s Budget dedicated to projects that will improve traffic flow and safety, in direct response to concerns raised with me by residents.”
She says $2.35 million has been allocated to rejuvenate the road surface and pavement along Discovery Dve extending from Diamond Jubilee Way down to Anzac Ave.
“The morning school run will be made much easier around the Diamond Jubilee Way, Memorial Drive and Kinsellas Rd West intersection - where we have plans to increase the turning lane capacity to reduce delays and improve safety with help from the Australian Government.”
Cr Shipway says input from the community is important and has helped Council decide where to spend money.
“Like the recent submissions calling for improved traffic flow along Stodart Tce, all going well we’ll be able to commence construction there next month (July) to improve road access for residents during peak hours.
“Through our accessible schools program, we will be introducing a park and walk site for Bounty Boulevard State School to disperse traffic congestion and encourage students and their parents to walk to school together.
Council is also funding improvements around Griffin State School, including a new left turning lane into the school carpark and other safety measures.
“We will also continue to improve the integrity of our roads, pavements and pathways with an ambitious program of improvements right across the division.
“This year we will see our network of footpaths improved along Tesch Rd thanks to State Government funding, as well as Brays, Dohles Rocks and Henry roads just to name a few.”
“I’m a big believer in getting outdoors, because being immersed in nature promotes stress relief, exercise, a sense of community and quality family time.
“The is what Council’s ‘Going Green as We Grow’ mantra means to me, investing in both our natural and built environments to make a more sustainable tomorrow and an enhanced lifestyle for future generations.
“The Lake Eden Park precinct continues to be a popular choice for our families so we will be investing $1.67 million on the creation of a new lakefront civic space along Memorial Dve, with additional parking, picnic facilities and play equipment.
“Families in Griffin and North Lakes will appreciate that we’ll be delivering new and refurbished play spaces for them to explore, including new play equipment with soft fall at Merion Crescent, North Lakes and a new park with shade at Fern Parade, Griffin.
At Kinsella Sports Complex a spectator viewing deck will be installed, along with a shaded terraced seating area and equipment ramp with funding assistance from the State Government.
Budget highlights for Division 4
Councillor Sandra Ruck says Budget 2022-23 reflects extensive community consultation and surveys, with upgrades for sporting facilities and improved amenities.
“I’ve heard loud and clear that residents want better community amenities…and real investment to rejuvenate some of our older infrastructure,” she says.
“I am proud to say that in April we celebrated the opening of the new $3.7 million Deception Bay Community Hall - thanks to the Federal Government - and within the next 12 months this great amenity will also boast a $300,000 carpark to cater for increasing demand.
“We are delighted that Deception Bay Meals on Wheels have moved into the space and are making excellent use of the new modern kitchen and workspace.
“I want to thank residents who’ve advocated the need to upgrade our sports facilities on Government Street, that complex will be getting a $600,000 overhaul this year thanks to federal funding.”
Cr Ruck says Council received lots of community feedback on the initial designs for the Deception Bay Skate Park improvement project, which received $1.47 million from the Federal Government.
“These upgrades will deliver greater safety and usability of the facility, including new LED lights and integration with smart switching technology across both fields.
“I’m excited to announce Talobilla Park will receive a further $1.2 million worth of upgrades to meet demand on our local clubs,” she says.
The $2.3 million Deception Bay Environment Centre at Joseph Crescent will open next month.
"The new building is just Stage 1 - Stage 2 will see a playground, meeting areas and indigenous displays added to the precinct,” Cr Ruck says.
“To encourage families to spend time in the great outdoors we are also enhancing Billabong Place Park with new play equipment and picnic facilities.
“Road rejuvenation is also a top priority, so we will deliver $4.5 million of upgrades to Boundary Rd that will create an additional turning lane to ease traffic congestion where the new Narangba Depot is being constructed.”
Cr Ruck says $910,000 will be spent repairing and rehabilitating Moreton Downs Dve as well as the pavements.
"The project includes four new roundabouts to be installed at Robyn Close, Philip Parade, Camay Court and Kate Avenue to improve traffic flow.”
Budget highlights for Division 5
Cr Karl Winchester wants to protect the coastal living that is synonymous with Redcliffe as the Peninsula’s population grows.
He says that will mean greater efforts to protect the natural environment, better design for built environments and preserving the Peninsula’s heritage and history.
“Top of that priority list is setting money aside to either retain or rebuild the historic Sutton’s Beach Pavilion,” he says.
“We have budgeted $2.2 million for this project, to ensure there is money there even before the invasive testing into the viability of the structure has concluded or the precinct’s future is determined.
“Whatever the outcome, it is my heartfelt belief that governments need to be doing a lot more to preserve the art deco charm of Redcliffe that sets it apart from other coastal communities in Queensland.”
Cr Winchester says the Charlish Park seawall restoration will continue, to improve safety and make a new beachfront access point.
“We will invest $1.5 million converting the old Pensioners Hall into a homelessness support hub in Redcliffe,” he says.
“The project will continue into 2023/24 and has $3 million in funding committed from the State's South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program.”
Nine netball courts at KR Benson Park will be renewed, with a $1.38 million overhaul with support from the Queensland Government.
Council will spend $600,000 to upgrade lighting at Ray Frawley Fields, as well as giving the lights at Bradley Park an $800,000 upgrade with Federal Government funding and spend $300,000 on playground upgrades at Clontarf’s Pelican Park.
“In keeping with the Council’s vision of “Going Green as we Grow” there’s $370,000 allocated towards progressing the Margate Civic District Park development,” Cr Winchester says.
“I believe it’s important to traders and local families that we lock in greenspace while delivering a drawcard in the heart of Margate that might help bring more foot traffic for businesses and provide public space for locals to relax and enjoy a coffee.”
Budget highlights for Division 6