A FOCUS in this year’s Redland City Council budget is transport infrastructure, with $40 million for roads, marine transport infrastructure and upgrading footpaths, bikeways, carparks and bus shelters.
Mayor Karen Williams said $82 million would be invested in projects identified by residents and the business community.
“The foundations of this year’s budget are built around the six strategic priorities agreed to by all councillors after last year’s election and these priorities flow through to the capital plan,” she said.
“A focus, both for our residents and this year’s budget, is transport infrastructure with $40 million committed to improving the road network, renewing marine transport infrastructure and upgrading footpaths, bikeways, carparks and bus shelters.”
Cr Williams said more than $23.6 million had been earmarked for roads, including the green seal program, a cheaper and quicker way of sealing dirt roads.
“Transport infrastructure such as footpaths, bikeways and bus shelters will account for another $6.5 million,” she said. “This money will lead to real improvements for residents.”
Marine infrastructure and foreshores would get a $14.5 million allocation.
“As a city of islands our marine infrastructure is critical, helping our 10,000 island-based residents get around safely and quickly,” she said.
More than $3.26 million had been earmarked for the Macleay Island ramp carpark and money put aside for Coochiemudlo Island berthing piles and barge ramp upgrades and a Russell Island pontoon upgrade.
Parks and conservation would get $14.39 million for open space and conservation projects, including South East Thornlands Park, William Ross Park, O’Gorman Street Park and Henry Ziegenfusz Sportsfield improvements.
“Big-ticket projects include $1.176 million for Capalaba’s Indigiscapes Visitor Centre expansion, $990,000 for the Cleveland Aquatic Precinct redevelopment and $1.37 million for Redland Bay’s Bayview Conservation Area,’’ Cr Williams said.
Council also allocated $1.88 million to libraries, Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery public art and acquisitions.