Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget 2023/24: Divisions 4, 5, 6 highlights

Published 10:00am 16 June 2023

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget 2023/24: Divisions 4, 5, 6 highlights
Words by Kylie Knight

Division 4

Moreton Bay Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor Jodie Shipway (Div 4) says Council’s 2023-24 Budget addresses the challenges faced by families and highlighted the importance of liveability. 

“Council acknowledges the pressing need for a budget that champions liveability and ensures a sustainable future for all residents,” Cr Shipway says. 

“We’re delivering plenty of free and low-cost events and activities, great parks, and sports grounds to support our thriving, healthy, active community. 

“We’ve beefed up our events calendar to over 47 community events this financial year, which means local events like our Movie in the Park, Jazz and Shiraz, and the North Lakes Christmas Carols will be back, bigger and better than ever—at no cost for our local families.  

“There’s also plenty of great free initiatives planned at our galleries, libraries and museums, and a new quiet area and multi-use space will be built at North Lakes Library.  

There will be continued expenditure in Griffin Sports Complex.

“This next stage propels us ever closer to the completion of the much-anticipated project,” Cr Shipway says. 

“Henry Rd and Dohles Rocks Rd intersection in Griffin is near completion. Works at the intersection of Diamond Jubilee Way and Discovery Drive aim to alleviate congestion, reduce delays and enhance overall safety. 

“Momentum continues to build as construction of the Mango Hill Ring Road commences with $2.5 million allocated this financial year, towards a total project cost $6.8 million. Not stopping there, we have earmarked almost $480,000 for the rejuvenation of road surfaces, prioritising smoother and safer roads for locals. 

“Our commitment to ensuring safe, smooth school runs is steadfast. Through our accessible schools program, we continue to work towards delivering a ‘Park and Walk’ for Bounty Boulevard State School. This project is aimed at dispersing traffic congestion while encouraging students and parents to enjoy the healthy, communal experience of walking to school together.” 

There will be footpath improvements across the Division including at Tesch Rd, Dohles Rocks Rd, Henry Rd and McCallum St. 

“The Lake Eden Park precinct continues to be a favourite among our families, and we are investing $1.3 million to upgrade the park, supported by funding from the Federal Government. 

“Our youngest residents in North Lakes will welcome new and refurbished play space at Woodside Sports Ground.

“Furthermore, Kinsellas Sports Complex will continue to undergo its transformation, embracing accessibility with the addition of a spectator viewing deck, a shaded terraced seating area, and an equipment ramp, supported by funding from the State Government.”

There has also been funding allocated to other green spaces. Capestone Lake will receive a significant park upgrade, including amenities; Griffin will receive a basketball half-court (exact location to be confirmed); a shelter and picnic setting will be installed at Sandalwood Crescent Park; Victory Drive Park will receive a shade sail; and Halpine Lake Reserve will receive a dog off-leash area. 

Budget Highlights for Division 4

  • $2.8 million construction of Mango Hill Ring Rd
  • $1.7 million shared pathway construction on Henry Rd, Griffin
  • $1,3 million park upgrade at Lake Eden, North Lakes*
  • $1.1 million road construction Henry/Dohles Rocks roads, Griffin*
  • $995,861 tiered seating and a shade structure at Kinsellas Sports Complex, North Lakes **
  • $850,000 intersection upgrade at Diamond Jubilee Way, Memorial Drive, Kinsellas Rd West, North Lakes
  • $520,000 intersection upgrade for Diamond Jubilee Way/Discovery Drive, North Lakes
  • $500,000 to continue to development of the Griffin Sports Complex stage 2
  • $479,600 road resurface program for Division 4
  • $370,000 park upgrade and amenities construction for Capestone Lake, Mango Hill
  • $250,000 playground equipment and soft fall installation Woodside Sports Ground, North Lakes

*With a contribution from the Federal Government  

**With a contribution from the State Government

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget 2023/24: Divisions 4, 5, 6 highlights

Division 5

Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Sandra Ruck (Div 5) says Council's 'Going Green as We Grow' mantra rings true with the community, and 2023-24 Budget reflects this. 

“Council has responded to the need for a budget that helps the community enjoy the area we live in,” Cr Ruck says. 

“Council’s commitment to enjoying the outdoors extends to the $500,000 revitalisation project for Cross Street Park in Deception Bay. The project will include constructing state-of-the-art amenities and park upgrades with cutting-edge features. Moreover, Rothwell residents can anticipate the installation of multiple water bubblers, ensuring convenient access to refreshments while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Moreton Bay. 

“Three land slips will be repaired in Scarborough, some new stairs will be installed at Queens Beach Park to provide foreshore access, and the on-road shared paths along Scarborough Rd will undergo significant upgrades. Additionally, Deception Bay Scenic Reserve will be equipped with pathway lighting to enhance safety and foster an inviting environment. 

“Acknowledging the growing number of young families in the area, a $150,000 bike track upgrade has been allocated to the PCYC facility in Deception Bay, and the hydrotherapy pool at Deception Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre will benefit from a surface renewal. 

“In addition to our investments in green space, we are also committed to providing lots of free and low-cost events and activities throughout the year.  
The events calendar has expanded to encompass more than 47 community events this financial year, including Movies in the Park, Jazz and Shiraz, Australia Day celebrations in Scarborough, and the Redcliffe Peninsula Christmas Carols. 

“Infrastructure continues to be a key budget focus in the 2023-24 budget. Notable projects in Division 5 include the renewal of the traffic island on Lipscombe Road in Deception Bay and the construction work on the intersection of Boundary Road in Narangba,” Cr Ruck says.  

“Design work will also commence on the road rehabilitation for Redcliffe Aerodrome and repairs and resurfacing of the hanger bays.

“Smoother and safer journeys for our local community have also been considered, with $544,000 allocated to rejuvenating road surfaces in the area. 

“Over $416,000 has been earmarked for footpath improvements across our division, including Captain Cook Pde, Bonton Ave, Cross St, Grosvenor Tce and Wallin Ave. Pathways and road improvements make it easier for our community to get out and about,” Cr Ruck says.  

Budget Highlights for Division 5 

  • $1.26 million Redcliffe Aerodrome resurfacing and road repair design**
  • $544,000 Division 5 road resurface program
  • $500,000 Boundary Road, Narangba intersection change and road rehabilitation construction
  • $270,927 Fifth Ave, Scarborough land slip repair
  • $500,000 Cross St park upgrade and construction of amenities
  • $160,000 Wallin Ave, Deception Bay construction
  • $150,000 PCYC bike track upgrade, Deception Bay
  • $130,000 Captain Cook Pde, Deception Bay Pathway construction
  • $120,000 Lipscombe Rd, Deception Bay traffic island renewal construction in Deception Bay
  • $100,000 Deception Bay Scenic Reserve pathway lighting
  • $45,000 Chelsea St/Leisel Jones Drive/Bremner Rd, Rothwell fauna crossing infrastructure design

** Funded by Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). 

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget 2023/24: Divisions 4, 5, 6 highlights

Division 6

Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Karl Winchester (Div 6) says Redcliffe will receive funding for ‘significant improvements in its community infrastructure’ in the Budget. 

“The 2023-24 budget aims to enhance the region's liveability and address the needs of our residents, Cr Winchester says. 

“A highlight of the budget is the construction of a new Redcliffe Pensioners Hall, a key deliverable with $5 million allocated this year towards the $6.75 million project. The new service centre will support individuals experiencing homelessness on the Redcliffe peninsula. It will include a commercial-grade kitchen, amenities, storage, and office space.

“The rising cost of living and housing availability has created a demand for homelessness services. This facility goes beyond the traditional remit of Council, and I'm proud that we are taking action to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.  

“Suttons Beach Pavilion continues to be on our priority list. We have budgeted $1.25 million to plan the revitalise Suttons Beach Park to return this iconic destination to community use, including a new pavilion building.” 

The $1.725 million refurbishment of Redcliffe Library is also funded in the Budget. It aims to create new internal spaces that enhance flexibility, accessibility and functionality.  

“Additionally, Council is dedicated to safeguarding the foreshore from erosion and inundation through the ongoing Charlish Park seawall restoration. Expected to extend into the 2024-25 financial year, this project aims to improve safety and establish a new beachfront access point.”

Cr Winchester emphasised the importance of a vibrant and active community.

“Our events calendar has expanded with a free event almost every weekend across the region, including some of your local favourites like our Music in the Park, Movies in the Park, and Pooches in the Park.  

“To support our thriving and active community, Council will continue work to overhaul the netball courts at KR Benson Park, investing $1.8 million this year into this highly popular sporting precinct, thanks to support from the Queensland Government.  

“Furthermore, Bradley Park will receive a $550,000 lighting upgrade, partially funded by the Federal Government, while we will also be constructing a new Naval Memorial at Gayundah Arboretum Park in Woody Point, and playground upgrades are planned for Bellevue Park, Redcliffe.

Traffic, parking and safety improvements will be implemented around Scarborough State School.  

Almost $1,711,000 will be spent on rejuvenating road surfaces. Footpath improvements are planned for Yattee St, Aloomba Crt, Downs St, Ella St and Meerawa St in Redcliffe, as well as Cascade St in Kippa-Ring and Kate St in Woody Point. 

Budget Highlights for Division 6

  • $5.15 million Redcliffe Pensioners Hall Construction **
  • $1.8 million Clontarf - KR Benson Park, Redcliffe Leagues Netball courts **
  • $1.725 million Redcliffe Library upgrade
  • $1.7 million Division 6 Road Resurface Program
  • $1.25 million Suttons Beach Pavilion facility redevelopment project planning
  • $1.2 million Charlish Park, Redcliffe seawall renewal
  • $550,000 Bradley Park, Redcliffe lighting upgrade*
  • $355,000 Gayundah Arboretum Park, Woody Point pathway lighting renewal
  • $284,600 Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe equipment renewal
  • $200,000 Inlet Terrace, Clontarf Land Slip repair
  • $200,000 Ella St, Redcliffe pathway construction
  • $190,000 Downs St, Redcliffe pathway construction
  • $190,000 Cascade St, Kippa-Ring Pathway Construction

* With a contribution from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) 

** With a contribution from the State Government’s COVID Works for Queensland SEQCSP Program 

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