Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Published 8:42am 26 June 2020

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know
Words by Kylie Knight

Moreton Bay Regional Council has just handed down its 2020/21 Budget. We reveal what you’ll pay in rates and the big projects given the green light.

This year’s rates rise has been contained to 2% and, on average, Moreton Bay ratepayers will pay an extra 61 cents per week next financial year. But there will be support for part-pensioners.

Mayor Peter Flannery says council has worked hard to keep the rise to around the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

“Council will continue to provide record investment in this year’s massive $685 million Budget,” Mayor Flannery says.

“That’s $30 million more than last year, which is prudent if we are to reemerge from coronavirus as a leader in the southeast.

“Moreton Bay Region is already the envy of other councils because of our strong financial position, which is why we’re able to invest in programs to support jobs and economic recovery.

“The $31 average rate rise will allow Council to provide certainty at this uncertain time, with $32.9 million dedicated specifically to coronavirus stimulus and response initiatives.

“We’re building our way back to economic success with a $220 million capital works program. This will provide $143 million for roads and transport, $57.8 million for parks, $49 million for sport and recreation, $19.3 million for our cultural sector and $18.4 million to protecting our waterways and coastal areas.

Mayor Flannery says spending in all these areas is up on last year and estimated to support 3000 jobs.

“We are introducing a new $100 rates remission that will benefit 8800 part-pensioners across our region.

“We will also be able to fund a new $1.8 million environmental land buyback program to protect strategic wildlife corridors, koala habitat and greenspace. We have heard loud and clear that locals want greater environmental protections in the face of a growing population, so Council has decided to take further action to protect strategic environmental land.

“I hope this initiative will provide locals with the certainty that we are protecting our precious native flora and fauna, and that we’re putting our money where our mouth is on this important issue.

“One of the most pressing issues for me right now, as Mayor, is to provide certainty around jobs. With our ‘Local Preference’ policy now in effect, we’re already seeing more Council contracts flowing to more local businesses and I again implore business owners to register with our VendorPanel Marketplace.”

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Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Council voted to adopt the 2020/21 Budget and Operational Plan at a special meeting on Friday, June 26.

Here’s a Division by Division breakdown of spending for 2020/21.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 1

More than $8 million will be invested in community infrastructure in Division 1.

Councillor Brooke Savige (Div 1) says this year’s focus is providing support to residents as Council helps to rebuild the region’s economy.

“I’m proud to say we are introducing a new $100 rates remission that will benefit 8800 part-pensioners across our region as well as investing in key infrastructure to restart our economy,” she says.

“The biggest investments will be on new roads and footpaths to improve safety and rectify some concerns raised by locals.

“As coronavirus restrictions ease and more locals get back outdoors, we’ll deliver new footpaths around Division 1 to ensure everyone can walk, ride and explore our beautiful environment safely and comfortably.

“That’s a $500,000 investment in pathways projects including at both the esplanades along Donnybrook North; Bestman Ave, Bongaree; Boyd St, Woorim; and Toorbul Esplanade.

“We know the quality of roads is important to our residents and we have put aside almost $3 million to improve roads across the division including Eucalypt Str, Endeavour Drive and Beerburrum-Donnybrook Rd and even sealing the rural Saint Rd at Ningi.”

Council is also continuing to deliver coastal waterway projects to improve and preserve Bribie’s foreshore areas, including $710,000 to continue the project to protect the seawall at Welsby Pde.

“I am pleased to announce these works are already underway and are expected to be complete later this year, just in time for the summer holidays,” Cr Savige says.

Division 1 Budget highlights:

  • $2.89 million for road resurfacing and renewal across Division 1
  • $710,000 to stabilise a 575m section of the Welsby Parade seawall
  • $270,000 to construct a new footpath along Esplanade North at Donnybrook
  • $158,000 for pedestrian crossings along Marine Pde at Bellara
  • $150,000 for new flooring at Bribie Island Seaside Museum
  • $100,000 for building upgrades at Bongaree Caravan Park
  • $60,000 for historical park signs along the Welsby Parade foreshore
  • $40,000 to expand the existing off-leash dog area at Cosmos Park

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 2

Flood-prone roads around Division 2 will receive much-needed upgrades, as Council works to keep tradies on the tools and help the economy bounce back from coronavirus.

Councillor Mark Booth (Div 2) says more than $8.9 million will be allocated to key infrastructure projects.

“I am super excited to announce we are investing more than $4.5 million in road upgrades throughout the division,” Cr Booth says.
“Road improvement projects at Burpengary, Morayfield and Deception Bay will also ramp-up this financial year, to create better roads for locals.
“Council will invest a further $1.075 million into the Old Bay Rd culvert upgrade, which will reduce flooding and improve traffic flow during wet weather. Not only will this project help improve the safety of motorists and provide pedestrian connectivity, we’ll also be constructing a fauna crossing over the culvert so it’s safe for wildlife as well.”
Community infrastructure such as parks, playgrounds and amenities blocks will also receive overhauls this financial year.

“Council will also invest more than $420,000 building new footpaths to keep residents safe from traffic while out and about in our suburbs,” Cr Booth says.
“Local families will be pleased to know $650,000 has been allocated to playground and sporting infrastructure upgrades in our area. We will also invest $720,000 into the Beachmere Lake wall renewal project to better protect this precious ecosystem, control erosion and improve access to the lake for maintenance.”

Division 2 Budget highlights:

  • $4.5 million in road upgrades and renewal projects
  • $1.075 million to upgrade the stormwater network at Old Bay Rd
  • $720,000 for replacement works at Beachmere Lake
  • $650,000 in sport field and playground upgrades
  • $420,000 in new pathways
  • $420,000 for civil works at the Caboolture Clay Target Club in Burpengary East
  • $160,000 for a carpark and improved access to Burpengary Community & Cultural Complex

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 3

Job generation for the Caboolture area is a priority in this year’s Budget with road construction, pathway upgrades, park developments and new sporting complexes all on the cards to keep local workers on the tools.

Councillor Adam Hain (Div 3) is excited to announce more than $11.5 million worth of works in the coming 12 months to benefit Caboolture, Morayfield and Bellmere residents.

“This financial year, Council will invest in more than $4.7 million in road rehabilitation and $800,000 for approximately 2000m of pathway upgrades around Division 3,” he explains.

“Our big-ticket infrastructure project will be $1.47 million in road rehabilitation works along the Brown St corridor to accommodate future traffic growth and provide safer pedestrian and cyclist connectivity.

“Another $430,000 will go towards improvements on Webster Drive and we’ve allocated $95,000 for Caboolture River Rd in Morayfield.

“We’re also looking to support the development of new industries and tourism. You’ll soon be able to tie the knot in the natural surrounds of Centenary Lakes Parks, with $510,000 to start building a new wedding venue.”

The popular Devine Court Sports Complex in Morayfield will get a much-needed carpark upgrade worth $400,000 to provide new parking bays and a bus set-down area, as well as pedestrian pathway connections to the club’s facilities.

“I want to thank locals for raising safety concerns about the footpath along William Berry Drive in Morayfield. In response to that community feedback, we’ll prioritise the replacement of that 600m stretch at a cost of $180,000.

“That’s part of $800,000 worth of investment into pathways to ensure residents travel safety when pounding the pavement.”

Division 3 Budget highlights:

  • $1.47 million for road rehabilitation at the Brown St corridor from Ardrossan Rd to Pettigrew St, Caboolture
  • $450,000 for an intersection change at Smiths and Del Rosso roads, Caboolture
  • $400,000 for stage 2 of the Devine Court Sports Complex car park
  • $400,000 to upgrade Walter St, Caboolture
  • $510,000 to start development of a wedding venue at Caboolture’s Centenary Lakes Park
  • $220,000 for a shared pathway upgrade between Matthew Tce and Beerburrum Rd
  • $180,000 to replace 600m of cracked footpath at William Berry Drive, Morayfield
  • $110,000 for a playground renewal at Westminster Rd park, Bellmere
  • $100,000 to construct a dog off-leash area at Bluebell St park, Caboolture
  • $95,000 for road rehabilitation at Caboolture River Rd, Morayfield

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 4

Major investments in community sport and infrastructure have been designed to help drive a post-COVID recovery in Division 4.

Councillor Jodie Shipway (Div 4) says sporting fields, road upgrades and new pathways are key projects delivered as part of this year’s Budget.

“A massive $8.5 million will be allocated to the first stage of the Griffin Sports Complex development, which is scheduled for completion by the end of next year,” Cr Shipway says.

“The total project is worth $15 million and includes the construction of new access off Henry Rd, car parking spaces, two multipurpose fields, club house, amenities, field lighting and irrigation. I’m thrilled that local families will have another state-of-the-art sporting facility at their doorstep here in Griffin.

“The project also plays a vital role in boosting the economy and supporting local jobs, especially as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Around our area we’ll be investing $7.8 million into road upgrades to ensure our infrastructure keeps pace with population growth in Division 4.”

Council will also allocate $5 million to the reconstruction of Henry and Dohles Rocks roads with the Federal Government contributing $4 million.
Council will also provide $1.3 million for new footpaths in Division 4.
“During the coronavirus pandemic, the community made it very clear how important it was to them to be able to get out and about to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. New footpaths will allow residents to enjoy walking or riding around their neighbourhood, which will be great for health and wellbeing,” Cr Shipway says.

Division 4 Budget highlights:

  • $8 .5 million for stage 1 of Griffin Sports Complex
  • $5 million for the Henry/Dohles Rocks roads reconstruction works with the Federal Government contributing $4 million
  • $1.3 million for new footpaths across the division
  • $850,000 in road and drainage improvements at Alice St, Mango Hill
  • $700,000 to build Chelmsford Rd, Mango Hill
  • $190,000 to build a carpark at Woodside Sports Ground
  • $144,000 to resurface Freshwater Creek Rd
  • $120,000 to design the Mango Hill Ring Rd
  • $30,000 for park upgrades at Lake Eden

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 5

More than 15 different parks and public spaces across Division 5 will be upgraded this year.

Councillor Sandra Ruck (Div 5) says it is a family-focused Budget, to help get the region back on track.

“We will be investing $1.5 million on local parks and foreshore upgrades, another $4 million on road and footpath renewal around Division 5, and we’ve allocated $80,000 to deliver stage one of designs for Deception Bay’s new community space,” Cr Ruck says.

“This $3 million project will literally transform part of Deception Bay’s foreshore, where the old fisheries building stood on the corner of Joseph Cres and Beach Rd.

“It will become a place for locals and visitors from outside the region to kick back and enjoy our natural scenery, and also provide community groups with a place to meet.

“Further down the foreshore we will also start work on site planning for the seawall replacement at Captain Cooke Pde and a groyne construction for Wallin Family Place.

“We’re also investing $65,000 to start construction on a new Deception Bay Library play area. This two-year project will see the existing outdoor space revamped and enclosed to be part of the main library building and make it useable all year round.

“I want to see families getting back outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our region and the best way Council can support that is by investing in parks, playgrounds and pedestrian infrastructure like pavements.

Division 5 will get more than $2 million worth of road resurfacing projects as part of Council’s commitment to bring forward works that support local jobs.

“A further $1 million will be spent beautifying the main street of Scarborough, with works beginning this year to revitalise Landsborough Ave. Across the road at Scarborough Beach Park, we are investing a further $150,000 on shelter renewal work that will help create a vibrant foreshore for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

Division 5 Budget highlights:

  • $3.5m for road resurfacing across Division 5
  • $1.5m for parks and playground upgrades
  • $1m for Landsborough Ave, Scarborough streetscape renewal
  • $145,000 for Deception Bay Pool mechanical and electrical equipment renewal
  • $80,000 for Deception Bay Community Facilities stage one design
  • $65,000 for Deception Bay Library - courtyard enclosure
  • $60,000 for Wallin Family Place, Deception Bay groyne construction
  • $25,000 for Captain Cook Pde, Deception Bay seawall replacement site planning

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 6

Roads, pools and streetscapes will be overhauled right across the Redcliffe peninsula, with Council using the 2020-21 Budget to fund projects designed to help the region bounce back from the coronavirus downturn.

Councillor Karl Winchester (Div 6) says this is an investment in quality of life for locals as well as an investment in tourism appeal, with a special renewal project to ensure Bee Gees Way will be Stayin’ Alive.

“To get the Peninsula moving more easily, we’re going to fix the notorious choke point at the intersection of Boardman and Klingner roads following the community consultation that’s just finished,” he says.

“This $5.65 million project is possible thanks to $4 million from the Federal Government. Planning for the project will get underway this year.

“To keep local workers on the tools, we’ve allocated $2.27 million to road resurfacing in Division 6, which will mean a smoother commute for locals and an improved tourist drive for visitors.

“We’re ramping-up improved infrastructure through Margate, with an additional $1.35 million worth of road and beautification works to be rolled out along Victoria Ave this year. This includes 525m of road pavement renewal, pedestrian crossings and shade tree plantings that will boost the amenity in Margate while supporting contractors and tradies.”

Settlement Cove Lagoon and Redcliffe War Memorial Swimming Pool will receive more than $400,000 worth of maintenance works to keep them operating swimmingly as restrictions ease.

“Visitors can groove on down to Bee Gees Way to shake off their COVID-19 cabin fever, after this iconic Redcliffe destination gets a $244,000 audiovisual overhaul and lighting upgrade,” Cr Winchester says.

“These $9.2 million worth of works are designed to deliver certainty for locals - certainty that essential services will be maintained, certainty for Council contractors as we back local business to succeed and certainty that tourists will return to again fill our cafes and restaurants.”

Division 6 Budget highlights:

  • $2.27m for road resurfacing across the division
  • $1.35m for road rehabilitation at Victoria Ave, Margate
  • $350,000 for Redcliffe War Memorial Swimming Pool filtration systems
  • $244,000 for Bee Gees Way audio, visual and lighting renewals
  • $240,000 Youth Park, Redcliffe playground renewal
  • $150,000 for Bellevue Park Hall building renewal
  • $58,000 for Settlement Cove Lagoon pool and electrical renewals

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 7

This year’s budget will deliver $18.2 million worth of works for Division 7.

Deputy Mayor Denise Sims says improving the safety and efficiency of local roads continues to be a priority.

“We are investing $4.9 million this financial year to kickstart a host of intersection and road upgrades along Old Gympie Rd at Kallangur and Dakabin,” Cr Sims says.

“The intersection at Brays Rd and McClintock Drive will get an $8 million upgrade. Improving our lake and river systems is just as important, with over $1 million allocated to improving the water quality of the Black Duck System and another $45,000 to commence the rock wall riverbank stabilisation project at John Oxley Reserve in Murrumba Downs.

“Division 7 residents value outdoor recreation, that’s why nearly $3 million is to be invested across 18 different parks and green spaces. These include $515,000 for a new park in Cecily St and $160,000 to rejuvenate Freshwater Reserve Parks, both in Kallangur.

“Planning for the future has not gone unnoticed with $250,000 for crucial concept designs for the rail underpass at Dakabin, $50,000 to design a scouts precinct at Murrumba Downs, and planning is well underway for toilet amenities at Kruger Hall in Penson Park.”

Division 7 Budget highlights:

  • $8 million for Brays Rd/McClintock Drive intersection and road upgrades
  • $4.5 million for Old Gympie Rd (Alma to Goodwin) road upgrades
  • $3 million for 18 different parks and greenspaces
  • $1.03 million for the Black Duck Lake System Murrumba Downs
  • $450,000 for Highet St to Nellies Lane road upgrade in Kallangur
  • $250,000 to fund concept designs for a rail underpass in Dakabin
  • $200,000 for Old Gympie Rd (Whitehorse to Alma roads) and intersection upgrade
  • $150,000 for Beverley Court Park in Griffin

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

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Division 8

Moreton Bay Regional Council will build a bridge to help the region bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19, with a $40 million flood immunity project slated for Youngs Crossing.

Councillor Mick Gillam (Div 8) says $4 million has been set aside in this year’s Budget to start planning for this long-awaited project.

“Youngs Crossing Road is a well-known annoyance for motorists after very heavy rain or when water is released from the North Pine Dam,” he explains.

“This is a massive win for residents and I want to thank the Federal Government for contributing some way towards the cost.

“This Budget will also invest $6.6 million into road upgrades around Division 8, as well as $620,000 for the construction of 2.4km in local footpaths.

“Key to driving our economic recovery will be attracting new business investment, especially in the knowledge and innovation area. We’ve allocated $25 million to continue developing The Mill at Petrie Priority Development Area. This 460ha area will play a decisive role in our economic future.

“Part of these funds will be used to develop a 16ha site to enable the University of the Sunshine Coast to continue to expand its campus footprint. The Mill PDA is already a nation-leader in terms of ecology, having shown how through careful planning we can successfully grow koala populations alongside major development. We have achieved a 22 per cent increase each year in the koala population at The Mill since their program began in June 2017.

“When you come over the railway line at Petrie, you will see where Council is working on putting the finishing touches to a new district park. This will include adventure and water play facilities.”

Other investments this Budget include the continuing transformation of Les Hughes Sports Complex baseball and rugby union precinct, with a further $5.71 million. That will see the redesign of the road network within the sports complex, the addition of 159 new car parks and commencing investigation of renewal of the complex’s water system.

Division 8 Budget highlights:

  • $6.6 million for road upgrades
  • $5.71 million for Les Hughes Sports Complex upgrades
  • $4 million for Youngs Crossing Bridge upgrades
  • $1.5 million for Beeville Rd intersection upgrades and road rehabilitation
  • $370,000 for stormwater works
  • $25 million to continue developing The Mill at Petrie Priority Development Area

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 9

Newly-elected Councillor Cath Tonks (Div 9) says she has put the local community first in Council’s $685 million Budget this year.

Cr Tonks says jobs-generating investments will centre on community sport and parks, as well as introducing a new environmental land buyback scheme to help protect native wildlife including koalas.

“The centrepiece of our investment in the health and liveability of our region is the South Pine Sports Complex, which is set to receive $11.19 million to upgrade the Indoor Sporting Complex,” she explains.

“This multi-million dollar upgrade will ensure we meet the needs of a growing region, provide ongoing access to healthy active facilities whilst delivering jobs to our region.

“We are getting on with the job of delivering the Nolan Park BMX Precinct construction after master planning and design concluded last year, with $1.46 million allocated this financial year towards a total project worth $4 million. We are building infrastructure today that will deliver for generations to come.”

Cr Tonks says alongside the economy, environmental protections remain a key concern for her in the face of significant population growth.

“I’m thrilled that this Budget includes a new $1.8 million fund specifically to buyback strategic land parcels of environmental significance, including for koalas and wildlife habitat” she says.

“I know local residents want certainty for the protection of our native fauna and flora and this new initiative will deliver exactly that.

“I am also pleased to announce that fauna crossing infrastructure installations at Lilley Rd will be delivered to provide native wildlife with safer access between the region’s parks, reserves and corridors. This project will also help improve safety for motorists by reducing the likelihood of collisions with animals.”

For park users and dog owners, Council is investing $540,000 in upgrades to John Leitch Memorial Park and spending $185,000 to build a new toilet block.

“We’ll also invest $800,000 for road rehabilitation works along Regent St, Joyner, which is all part of Council improving our road network.”

Division 9 Budget highlights:

  • $11.19 million for South Pine Sports Complex - Indoor Sporting Complex
  • $2.7 million for upgrades to South Pine Sporting Complex
  • $1.64 million for road resurfacing
  • $1.08 million for pathway construction

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 10

Councillor Matt Constance (Div 10) says this year’s Budget focuses on keeping the local community the way locals like it - clean, green and safe.

“I’m excited by all the park improvements, sports facility upgrades and roads renewal programs we’ll see rolled out this year with $9.6 million allocated to getting Division 10 back on track post-COVID,” Cr Constance says.

“Our priority has been to support jobs by awarding as many council contracts as possible to local firms for delivery through our new ‘Local Preference’ policy. So, I’m hoping to see locals working on planned upgrades to facilities at much-loved parks like James Drysdale Reserve, Leslie Patrick Park and Pine Hills Park just to name a few.

“This budget provides more than $1.4 million into local sports, recreation, and community infrastructure in Division 10 alone. James Drysdale Reserve will see investment into a new fit-for-purpose community building which will accommodate a variety of local community groups.

“Pine Hills Park will get a new playground, new exercise equipment, and a new carpark to improve safety and ease of access.

“At Leslie Patrick Park, we’ll see the installation of an outdoor chess set and ping-pong tables, as well as a garden, further greenspace enhancements and a new space designed for badminton and volleyball.”

In addition to the funding for parks and recreation, Council has also committed to a raft of transport infrastructure upgrades and renewals that will ensure the safe travel of Division 10 residents.

“Part of Council’s core business is to provide safe and reliable local roads, so I’m pleased to see $5.4 million allocated to road safety improvements to help residents get to work, school, and home to their families safer and sooner than before,” Cr Constance says.

“Some of these projects include the rehabilitation of Patricks Rd in Ferny Hills, the repair and renewal of the Matthew Hawthorne Reserve boardwalk and detailed design works for the Plucks/Minto pedestrian connector.”

Division 10 Budget highlights:

  • $2.1 million for road resurfacing
  • $500,000 towards upgrade of Gordon Rd and Ferny Way intersection
  • $415,000 towards the upgrade of concourse and slide access at Albany Creek Leisure Centre
  • $400,000 for Pine Hills Park upgrade
  • $160,000 for construction of Town Green at Leslie Patrick Park
  • $150,000 towards an upgrade of the intersection of South Pine and Plucks roads
  • $138,000 for the pedestrian bridge renewal at Matthew Hawthorne Reserve
  • $100,000 for new pathway construction at Alstonia St
  • $100,000 for renewal of fauna fencing of the underpass at Collins Rd
  • $85,000 for the installation of fitness equipment at Bert Hall Park
  • $53,000 for bus shelter upgrade on Tarnook Drive
  • $50,000 to commence early planning and community consultation for Hills District Civic Facility at Dawson Pde

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

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Division 11

More than $18 million will be invested in major infrastructure projects in Division 11 as part of the Moreton Bay Region’s economic recovery plan in the wake of COVID-19.

Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) says spending this year will focus on sporting fields, road upgrades, community facilities and pathways; but Budget 2020-21 also starts planning for a revolution in hinterland tourism.
“The $18 million for Division 11 includes $5.9 million to improve local roads, $3.8 million to build new pathways for pedestrians and cyclists and a new fauna crossing at O’Mara Rd in Narangba,” Cr Grimwade says.

“We’re also delivering some great new playgrounds and sporting facilities, including $3.6 million to build tennis courts, a clubhouse and a car park at Harris Avenue Sports Complex.
“Coronavirus has reminded us all how important being active is to our physical and mental wellbeing, so to encourage locals to get outdoors we’ve also allocated $1.8 million to build a new community hall in Mount Glorious.

“These projects are about providing Division 11 with great infrastructure to support our great lifestyle, while also supporting local jobs and helping the economy recover.”

Cr Grimwade says he’s excited by Council’s ‘Hinterland Trail’ proposal to get more drivers off the Bruce Highway, to explore Moreton Bay Region’s valleys and mountains.

“It might be a bold ambition, but I think we can make the western belt of Moreton Bay Region the new ‘must-see’ destination in South East Queensland,” he says.

“By building architecturally-interesting lookouts and vantage points in iconic locations along the D’Aguilar Ranges, I think we can create attractions that no Instagrammer could resist.

“This is essential to marketing in the digital age - one third of internet users own an Instagram account and 70% of the 95 million photos uploaded to the platform every day are travel-related.

“Travellers now base entire holiday itineraries around amazing photo locations - we already have incredible locations, we just need the infrastructure to showcase it.”

Division 11 Budget highlights:

  • $5.8 million for road and intersection upgrades
  • $3.8 million to build new pathways and pedestrian bridges
  • $3.6 million for new tennis courts, a clubhouse and carpark at Harris Avenue Sports Complex
  • $1.8 million for a new community hall at Camp Constable, Mount Glorious
  • $450,000 for a new carpark at Dayboro War Memorial Grounds (Rugby League)
  • $325,000 for toilets at Stone Ridge Boulevard Park, Narangba
  • $150,000 for upgrades to Westbourne Park, Wights Mountain
  • $140,000 to build a new playground at Camp Constable
  • $100,000 for building upgrades at Williamina Court Sports Complex
  • $100,000 in design works for streetscape upgrades at Main St, Samford Village

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

Moreton Bay Regional Council Budget: what you need to know

Division 12

Councillor Tony Latter (Div 12) says big investments in improving roads, pathways and facilities will future-proof the region’s northwest.

“With Division 12 being one of the largest divisions in Moreton Bay, it’s important that residents can travel quickly and safely, and that’s why we’re investing $13.77 million into road upgrades and maintenance, which includes a doubling of the gravel to bitumen sealing program,” Cr Latter says.

“$8.5 million of this will continue the Oakey Flat Rd intersection and road upgrades to improve safety for road users, speed up travel times, and cater for expected traffic growth with additional pathways, cycle lanes and public transport capabilities.

“Almost $500,000 will be invested into stormwater renewals and flood mitigation to keep locals safe on our roads and improve connectivity during future wet seasons.

“For pedestrians, we will construct a $195,000 pathway along the D’Aguilar Highway in Woodford and a new footpath along Bleakley Rd in Delaneys Creek to help our kids get to school safely.

Councillor Latter says locals will be happy to see a variety of projects with a lifestyle focus, especially as we ease out of social distancing restrictions.

“A project I’m most looking forward to, along with many locals, is the completion of the $2.3 million Archer St road rehabilitation, streetscape and drainage upgrade in Woodford,” he says.

“This exciting project will improve public safety and our iconic streetscape aesthetics for both locals and visitors exploring our beautiful backyard while preserving the current town feel.

“Our much loved CREEC environmental centre is also getting $560,000 worth of upgrades, including park upgrades, carpark expansion and a site power system upgrade.

Projects like the $150,000 for playground construction at Bernice Street Park in Bellmere and $90,000 for construction of fitness equipment at Adelong Court Park help promote the active and healthy communities that Division 12 is known for.

“These are the projects we need to support economic development and jobs growth to get Moreton Bay back on track and on the road to recovery and I look forward to being able to release further projects to be completed under the COVID funding.”

Division 12 Budget highlights:

  • $13.77 million for road resurfacing and renewals
  • $8.5 million for intersection and road upgrades to Oakey Flat Rd
  • $510,000 to complete Archer St road rehabilitation and streetscaping at Woodford
  • $590,000 for Woodford Waste Transfer Station weighbridges construction
  • $489,000 for stormwater and flood mitigation
  • $160,000 pathway construction along the D’Aguilar Highway from Scotts Lane
  • $265,000 for CREEC environmental centre car park expansion
  • $250,000 for park upgrades at Trinity Way Park
  • $220,000 for Delaneys Creek Community Hall upgrades
  • $200,000 for CREEC environmental centre park upgrades
  • $150,000 for playground construction at Bernice Street Park, Bellmere
  • $90,000 for construction of fitness equipment at Adelong Court Park
  • $80,000 to continue the extension of Facer Rd footpath

Read more on the 2020-21 budget here

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