Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 3 councillor Peter Cox discuss the new sport and recreation precinct in Meridan Plains.
Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 3 councillor Peter Cox discuss the new sport and recreation precinct in Meridan Plains.

Mapped out: The council budget winners and losers

Sunshine Coast Council is yet to crunch the final numbers how much of its $782 million 2020/21 Budget will be spent in each division, but already some clear winners have emerged.

Division 4 appears to have secured the largest sum with a list of "budget highlights" tipping more than $34 million. This patch includes Alexandra Headland, Buddina, Maroochydore, Minyama, Mooloolaba, Parreara and Warana.

The largest spend, $15 million, goes to the Brisbane Rd multi-deck carpark, followed by $14 million on the Brisbane Rd and Walan St widening which is currently under way.

In another win for coastal residents, Division 2 has received almost $12 million to support projects in areas across Caloundra and surrounds.

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Council has released a series of "budget highlights" for each division, but said they are unable to provide a breakdown of the total spend at this time.

"While Sunshine Coast Council has most of its 2020/21 Capital Works Program allocated throughout the 10 local divisions, there are still a number of projects within the program which are still to receive their exact budget allocations," a council spokesman said.

"These include council's road reseal program, stormwater pipe replacement program, pit replacements and bus stop renewals.

"As a result, an exact breakdown of budget allocations within each council division is not yet available."

Read what each councillor had to say about this year's budget, and click through a map of where the money is being spent below.

DIVISION 1:

Banya, Baringa, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Bells Creek, Bribie Island North, Caloundra West, Coochin Creek, Corbould Park, Gagalba, Glass House Mountains, Landsborough, Little Mountain, Meridan Plains, Nirimba, Peachester.

Cr Rick Baberowski releasing stage two, the Draft Place Making master plan for Landsborough.
Cr Rick Baberowski releasing stage two, the Draft Place Making master plan for Landsborough.

Almost $7 million will be invested in Division 1 projects in 2020/21, with the largest spend on the Cribb St Streetscape as part of the Landsborough Place-making project.

Councillor Rick Baberowski said there would be a greater focus on projects that connected the community, such as the Landsborough Place-making Master Plan which will receive $1.33 million to transform Cribb St.

Cr Baberowski said the strip would become a more functional place to meet, eat, shop and connect with the historic township.

Road, pathway and park network upgrades will continue including major upgrades to Tunnel Ridge Rd, Landsborough worth $785,000 and Johnstone Rd, Glass House worth $271,000.

Cr Baberowski said investment in the Caloundra West region would include upgrades to Caloundra Aerodrome and construction of another sports clubhouse in Aura.

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DIVISION 2

Battery Hill, Caloundra, Caloundra West, Dicky Beach, Golden Beach, Kings Beach, Little Mountain, Moffat Beach, Pelican Waters, Shelly Beach.

Division 2 Sunshine Coast councillor Terry Landsberg.
Division 2 Sunshine Coast councillor Terry Landsberg.

Division 2 has received almost $12 million, with $1 million towards the Caloundra Centre Activation Project, and another $1 million towards the Reserve 1000 Master Plan, with upgrades to sporting amenities and clubhouse at the Reserve 1000 Sporting Complex.

Funding also supports upgrades to the Caloundra Aquatic Centre, Kings Beach Pool, mountain biking facilities, coastal pathways and playground improvements.

Councillor Terry Landsberg said council would also contribute to the Regional Tennis Centre and ensure the iconic lighthouse was maintained, plus improve footpaths, roads, fish cleaning stations, barbecues and picnic tables.

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DIVISION 3

Aroona, Bokarina, Birtinya, Currimundi, Little Mountain, Meridan Plains, Warana, Wurtulla.

 

Division 3 councillor Peter Cox.
Division 3 councillor Peter Cox.

Division 3's "budget highlights" total more than $7 million with $3 million allocated to develop a new sports and recreation complex plan for a 75-hectare site in Meridan Plains.

$1 million will continue the Coastal Pathway's missing link at Warana.

Division councillor Peter Cox said $2.5 million would go towards finalising the "crucial" Parklands Boulevard upgrade to four lanes between Meridan Way and Saffron Dr.

"This year has already been a rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainty across the globe and pandemic-related restrictions have seen us all spending much more time indoors than we would have ordinarily liked to," Cr Cox said.

"As a council we are here for you. That's why this financial year more than $5 million has been allocated for projects that improve and maintain the parks and open spaces within Division 3 - to get us all out and about again."

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DIVISION 4

Alexandra Headland, Buddina, Maroochydore, Minyama, Mooloolaba, Parrearra, Warana.

Division 4 councillor Joe Natoli at Mooloolaba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Division 4 councillor Joe Natoli at Mooloolaba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

In Division 4, another $1.7 million will go towards a plan to develop the Mooloolaba to Alex Bluff Recreation Park, and $1.2 million to construct the Maroochy River groynes.

Division 4 councillor Joe Natoli said council would also invest in sport and recreation facilities such as continued roll out of the coastal pathway at Buddina, Minyama, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba, and the Cotton Tree aquatic centre upgrade.

"Projects planned over the next 12 months will help connect our community and include major transport infrastructure projects, safe active transport solutions and a variety of smaller local projects and facilities," Cr Joe Natoli said.

"Council will invest in sport and recreation facilities such as the continued roll out of the coastal pathway at Buddina, Minyama, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba and the Cotton Tree aquatic centre upgrade.

"Funds will be invested in Division 4 parks and playgrounds to help the Sunshine Coast community achieve a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle.

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DIVISION 5

Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Booroobin, Cambroon, Chevallum, Conondale, Crohamhurst, Curramore, Diamond Valley, Elaman Creek, Eudlo, Flaxton, Hunchy, Ilkley, Landers Shoot, Maleny, Montville, Mooloolah Valley, Mount Mellum, North Maleny, Palmwoods, Peachester, Reesville, Tanawha, West Woombye, Witta, Woombye, Wootha.

HINTERLAND: Winston Johnston is the Division 5 councillor.
HINTERLAND: Winston Johnston is the Division 5 councillor.

One of the region's largest geographical areas, Division 5, will receive $6.2 million in Major Capital Works Program funds and $554,000 worth of minor capital works and divisional funding.

The big-ticket item for this region is a $924,570 upgrade of McGilchrist Rd, Eudlo with a further $865,000 for widening Diamond Valley Rd, Diamond Valley.

council has also committed $300,000 into a feasibility study as part of future plans to develop the 24-hectare ecological park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

"Division 5 consists of many unique communities and I am excited to be working closely with each of them to deliver healthy, smart and creative projects that best suit their needs," Cr Winston Johnston said.

"This is especially important as our community works together to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery."

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DIVISION 6

Buderim, Mountain Creek, Palmview, Sippy Downs.

Division 6 councillor Christian Dickson.
Division 6 councillor Christian Dickson.

Division 6's "budget highlights" total more than $4.5 million, with $2.01 million of that dedicated to the Buderim Resource Recovery Centre upgrade.

Division councillor Christian Dickson said the budget focused on planning for the future and prioritising important services to meet the diverse needs of the growing community.

"It's important that we continue to balance the needs and expectations of the entire community and allocate funds appropriately to plan for community projects well into the future - while still delivering the core services today," Cr Dickson said.

"Last financial year we completed the $12.2 million fourth and final stage of the Sippy Downs Drive project and this year we have allocated $50,000 to start planning for the delivery of a community centre in Palmview as well as progress planning for a Sippy Downs library and community centre using an allocated $120,000."

The budget allocated $50,000 to start planning for a community centre in Palmview, and $120,000 towards planning for a Sippy Downs library and community centre.

$158,000 towards cycle lanes on Karawatha Dr, and $1.438 million for a pedestrian and cyclist bridge at Stringybark Rd.

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DIVISION 7

Buderim, Diddillibah, Forest Glen, Kiels Mountain, Kuluin, Kunda Park, Maroochydore, Mons, Rosemount, Tanawha.

Division 7 councillor Ted Hungerford.
Division 7 councillor Ted Hungerford.

A final funding figure is not available for Division 7, but the highlights are worth more than $2.7 million with most going towards developing a new eastern oval at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex.

Divisional councillor Ted Hungerford said council's $782 million budget included a diverse mix of valuable projects to support our community.

Cr Hungerford said the budget allocation for the oval included detailed designs and operational works including turf, irrigation, drainage, field lighting and extra carparking.

"Council will also invest just over $1 million on important transportation projects across Division 7," he said.

"This includes upgrades to the Power Road intersection and realignment, delineation and lighting upgrades to improve motorist safety on Lindsay Road, Buderim and Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount.

"The Bradman Ave Foreshore Cod Hole Park in Maroochydore will undergo a $200,000 upgrade to the pedestrian pavement, signage, way-finding and path lighting from the Eudlo Creek Bridge to the boat ramp. There will also be an upgrade of public amenities at the boat ramp."

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DIVISION 8

Coolum Beach, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Mount Coolum, Mudjimba, Pacific Paradise, Point Arkwright, Twin Waters, Yaroomba.

Division 8 councillor Jason O’Pray.
Division 8 councillor Jason O’Pray.

Budget highlights for Division 8 include a $1 million investment on roads and pathways, a commitment of more than $800,000 towards community, sport and tourism facilities, $505,000 to continue implementation of the Maroochy River Foreshore upgrade and more than $260,000 to be invested in parks and playgrounds.

Division councillor Jason O'Pray said the budget included a mix of projects that would keep community facilities in "good nick".

He said a $600,000 upgrade to the Mudjimba Holiday Park would likely encourage a domestic market of tourists to return to the Sunshine Coast.

"Ensuring our community facilities are safe is one of council's top priorities, so there are lots of projects including barbecue, shelter and public seating improvements, bollard replacements and playground equipment upgrades planned for Yaroomba, Twin Waters, Mt Coolum, Maroochydore and Marcoola in the coming financial year," Cr O'Pray said.

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DIVISION 9

Bli Bli, Coolum Beach, Doonan, Marcoola, Maroochy River, Mount Coolum, Pacific Paradise, Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Valdora, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs, Yandina Creek.

Maria Suarez is the Division 9 councillor.
Maria Suarez is the Division 9 councillor.

Improved roads, pathways and parks are a focus for Division 9, which has more than $7.5 million worth of budget highlights.

The big-ticket item is $4.85 million towards an improved and expanded Nambour Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre in Bli Bli.

$977,000 has been committed to upgrade pedestrian and cycling facilities and for new carparking at the Coolum State High School.

Cr Suarez said residents would also see work happening on the ground around the division.

"Two roads are scheduled to be upgraded from gravel to a sealed surface, with the design phase for part of North Arm-Yandina Creek Road, Yandina Creek being finalised this year, and the construction starting on Oyster Bank Road, Bli Bli," she said.

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DIVISION 10

Belli Park, Bridges, Burnside, Coes Creek, Coolabine, Cooloolabin, Dulong, Eerwah Vale, Eumundi, Gheerulla, Highworth, Image Flat, Kenilworth, Kiamba, Kidaman Creek, Kulangoor, Kureelpa, Mapleton, Nambour, Ninderry, North Arm, Obi Obi, Parklands, Perwillowen, Rosemount, Towen Mountain, Yandina.

Division 10 Councillor David Law.
Division 10 Councillor David Law.

Division 10 councillor David Law said community groups and local residents were the big winners.

Budget highlights are worth more than $6.45 million in the hinterland town, and include a $1 million upgrade to the Nambour Aquatic Centre.

$110,000 to Mt Ninderry Stage II Walking Trail Renewal are among Budget highlights for the division.

Councillor Law said he was pleased to see many Division 10 community groups receive a helping hand from council's budget with funding being allocated towards their facilities, including Nambour Badminton Complex, Nambour Equestrian Centre and Yandina Cricket Club.

"We're also carrying out a variety of small but valuable works such as upgrading barbecues, seats and signage to important places including Quota Memorial Park, Lions Park, Burnside-Nambour Park, Sundale Park, Kenilworth Park, Whalley Park, Belli Park, Dick Caplick Park and Allan Templeton Park," he said.

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