Redland City Council gets Queensland government funding for infrastructure planning

THE state government has given $193,000 to Redland City Council for an infrastructure planning project.

Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the funding but said council would have to find money for other projects that were rejected.

The money approved under the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline program is for an infrastructure planning and prioritisation framework in the Redlands.

“This project will include community engagement on infrastructure needs to ultimately provide a greater understanding in terms of what infrastructure is required to service our community’s needs,” Cr Williams said.

“It will allow council to plan and select the right infrastructure initiatives to meet changing demand and deliver what our community needs.”

Cr Williams said applications under the same program for a North Stradbroke Island Point Lookout coast trails detailed design package, public library and community halls investment plan and Redland Bay bulk waste transfer facility business case were unsuccessful.

“...We will continue to look for ways to fund this important work,” Cr Williams said.

Infrastructure Minister Cameron Dick said interest in the program from councils had been significant.

“For the local communities this means building strong local governments with vital investment in early stage planning for projects,” Mr Dick said.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said she was pleased to see funding delivered to Redlands City Council to develop better infrastructure planning in the region.

Member for Capalaba Don Brown said the MIPP was a $30 million program delivered across two rounds to mature infrastructure projects from promising ideas into solid proposals.

“Our government is not only investing to deliver infrastructure in Redlands, but across Queensland,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Dick said the program complemented other grant programs and would help councils to determine infrastructure priorities.