Who’s Who in 22, Government Gurus: Cr Mark Booth

Published 11:45pm 7 December 2022

Who’s Who in 22, Government Gurus: Cr Mark Booth
Words by Moreton Daily

This year, Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Mark Booth has delivered funding for vital road upgrades to manage population growth, consultation on a Morayfield Neighbourhood Plan and park upgrades for Division 2.

Council’s 2022/23 Budget included significant funding for streetscaping and revitalisation projects, while ensuring essential infrastructure such as roads and footpaths were covered.

Among those, was $2 million for road rehabilitation of the Eastern Service Rd, Burpengary East; $1.95 million for road and intersection upgrades at Graham Rd, Morayfield; $770,000 for road rehabilitation at Glenwood Drive, Morayfield; and $385,000 for active transport improvements at Station Rd, Burpengary (including Federal Government funding).

In October, stage one of the Buckley Rd rehabilitation project was finished and work started to upgrade Mazlin Park and streetscape Biggs Ave, Beachmere, in September (in partnership with the State Government).

Cr Booth was proud of Council’s pledge to boost tree planting by 30 per cent in the 2022/23 financial year and made his own contribution on National Tree Day in July at Deception Bay, helping plant trees at Saltwater Creek.

He said the project closest to his heart was at the smaller end of spending, with the Budget dedicating $40,000 to install a flood warning system at Burpengary Creek on Morayfield Rd.

A new flood road sensor will automatically trigger illuminated signs to warn motorists in the event of road flooding, as well as provide real-time information on the flood status of the creek through Council’s emergency systems.

Cr Booth has also rolled out a new portable CCTV trailer with licence plate recognition to address complaints about hooning.

He is working with Morayfield and surrounds residents to develop a Morayfield Neighbourhood plan, with meetings held with a community reference group formed this year.

Division 2 hosted a Community Council meeting in April to give residents a chance to see their council in action and celebrate the official opening of the Deception Bay Community Hall.

About Mark Booth

Mark Booth was elected as Moreton Bay Regional Councillor for Division 2 in 2020, after the then sitting Councillor Peter Flannery opted to run for Mayor.

The Burpengary East resident has lived in the area his whole life and is a former student of St Columban’s College, Caboolture, and St Eugene College, Burpengary.

He was elected on a platform of supporting small businesses ravaged by the effects of COVID-19, developing and implementing neighbourhood plans.

Cr Booth was also concerned about managing population growth and development in a way that did not destroy his division’s natural assets and amenity.

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