Councillors slam state govt for refusal to spend money here
THE WAR of words between the Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government is escalating as councillors begin to question what MPs have done for the Coast lately.
Long-serving councillor Chris Thompson raised the issue as the council discussed the State Government's refusal to financially contribute to a seawall which would protect Alexandra Pde, as well as other local infrastructure.
"I AM somewhat confused with the Premier in the paper (the Daily) saying he doesn't know what the Coast wants," Cr Thompson said.
"When we ask for a few crumbs (of financial contribution) for their infrastructure, they respond they don't have any money.
"How long are they going to run this argument?
"How long till they spend new money on the Coast?
"What new money has come in since the LNP government got elected two years ago?
"They always talk about the (Sunshine Coast University Public) Hospital, but we all know that contract was signed by the previous government."
Cr O'Pray also said he was "gobsmacked the State Government wasn't prepared to protect its assets".
Cr Tim Dwyer also highlighted the State Government's suggestion in the Daily on Monday the Coast council couldn't agree on its priorities.
He said he was also tired of the "we've got no money call".
"The Premier asked our priorities, this is another one."
The State Government had been asked to contribute $3.5 million of the $8.5 million total cost of building the seawall between Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore Beach to protect about $20 million worth of assets, including the state government-owned Alexandra Parade.
But in a letter to Mayor Mark Jamieson on January 31, Transport Minister Scott Emerson said this type of infrastructure fell outside of the department's jurisdiction. "Due to the legacy of debt and deficit left by the Labor government, there is currently no available state funding to contribute to this planned infrastructure," Mr Emerson wrote.
"At present, there are a number of other higher priority projects in the region that are competing for funding including upgrades to the Bruce Highway."
WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR COAST | OUR MPS LIST SOME OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTSFiona Simpson
- Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson listed her "most satisfying" achievement as the 40% cut to the public housing waiting list and the "turnaround in Sunshine Coast job creation figures".
- She said 11,300 jobs had been created in the region in the last 12 months.
- Some of her 14 highlights for the region included:
- Removing roadblocks stopping Mooloolaba Coast Guard from expanding
- $5.6 million road upgrades on Maroochydore Rd
- $1.5 million upgrades on the Sunshine Mwy
- $7 million Maroochydore bus station
- $750,000 permanent pipeline for sand pumping under the Mooloolah River mouth to improve safety at Mooloolaba Harbour
- $525,000 rebuild of Mt Coolum walking track
- Donation of State land to Council for Sunshine Coast Airport upgrade
- $810,000 Mooloolaba Boating facilities upgrades with floating walkways
- Land acquired for future Coolum Police Station
- $1.3m to clear school maintenance backlog in local schools
- Regional achievements were:
- $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital
- Working with the Federal Government to fund the Bruce Hwy upgrades (Cooroy to Curra and Caloundra to Sunshine Mwy)
- Scrapping Labor's tax on the family home with the Removal of stamp duty on principle place of residence
- 27 new police officers across the Sunshine Coast.
- Member for Buderim Steve Dickson listed 50 contributions he hade made to his electorate, including:
- $3 million for an Indoor Sports Facility, Brightwater State School
- $10.4 million for Buderim-Mooloolaba Rd upgrade
- $5.077 million for Maroochydore Rd upgrade
- Other highlights for the area involved contributions he secured as Racing and Sports Minister.
- Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell's highlights included:
- Gifted airport land to the Sunshine Coast Council
- Cuts in red tape which benefited the council thanks to changes in the Local Government Act
- $1.09 million has been funded under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
- Other Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience projects include:
- $1,415,296 for infrastructure, flood subsidies, Get Ready initiatives, and graffiti removal.
- $123,050 for Sunshine Coast Show Societies
- $1,978.18 for illegal dumping surveillance cameras
- He also mentioned the $115.6 million to continue the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and a decrease in dental waiting times and $3 million in road safety improvements for Kawana.
- The Newman Government has delivered more for our communities on the Sunshine Coast in two years than the former Labor Government did in 20. Since March 2012 we have been working incredibly hard for the people of the Coast and we will continue to do so in future.
Ways in which the state has directly helped the Sunshine Coast Council
· Gifted airport land to the Sunshine Coast Council
· Changes to the Local Government Act in 2012 has allowed the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to maximise business opportunities. One example is the Sunshine Coast Regional Council developing its airport after cuts to red tape.
· In flood reconstruction, $1.09 million has been funded under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
· Other Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience projects include:
o $1,415,296 for infrastructure, flood subsidies, Get Ready initiatives, and graffiti removal.
o $123,050 for Sunshine Coast Show Societies
o Mooloolaba flood mitigation, flood warning systems, and Buderim Village Park are just three of the many projects that are being delivered.
o $1,978.18 for illegal dumping surveillance cameras
The list below is some (but not all) of the Newman Governments achievements since 2012:
· $115.6 million to continue the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, due for completion in late 2016.
· Effective from the 2 December 2013 the State Government has funded access to the equivalent of 110 beds within the new 200 bed private hospital collocated on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital site.
· Official opening of the Cardiac Cath. Lab and Endoscopy Suites at Nambour General Hospital by the Minister for Health in August 2012. This delivers timely treatment for patients who previously were either transferred to a public Brisbane hospital or admitted to Nambour Hospital and waited for transfer to a Brisbane public hospital.
· This represents the single largest increase in inpatient activity in the Sunshine Coast history.
· In the 2012/13 financial year the Hospital and Health Service delivered 5.7 per cent more hospital activity than the previous financial year.
· There has been a dramatic improvement in dental waiting lists in February 2013 - 8,836 people were on the general care waiting list. This has been almost halved by December 2013 to 4,736
· Further information regarding the comprehensive range of services now available: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/sunshinecoast/html/qualityofcare.asp
Employment and economy
· In the 12 months to January 2014 there has been a 57.4% increase in building approvals on the Sunshine Coast. Similarly, the value of residential building approvals increased by 43.8% over the same period to $601 million
· Put simply, this means more homes are being built - which is providing jobs for the many construction workers living in the region. Newman Government has done heaps for property and construction sector - including $15,000 Great Start Grant for first home owners, which is aimed at stimulating the construction sector.
· Scrapping Labor's tax on the family home with the removal of stamp duty on principle place of residence which has been a significant benefit for the Sunshine Coast property market
· Reduced environmental regulation for hundreds of local businesses including boilermakers, motor vehicle workshops, printers, concrete batching plants, powder coating businesses and cabinet makers and joiners.
Roads and Transport
· Maroochydore Road upgrade $ 5.077 Million
· Road safety improvements in Glass House $3 Million
· Buderim - Mooloolaba Road upgrade $ 10.4 Million
- Maleny-Kenilworth Road and Maleny-Stanley River Roads re-opened to two lanes following 2010/2011 floods
· Reconstruction of the Grigor Bridge
· Two new express rail services on the Sunshine Coast Rail Line
· New 657 Bus route servicing Caboolture
· $5.6 million road upgrades on Maroochydore Road
· $1.5 million upgrades on the Sunshine Motorway
· $7 million Maroochydore bus station
· $750,000 permanent pipeline for sand pumping under the Mooloolah River mouth to improve safety at Mooloolaba Harbour in addition to several million on other dredging interventions
· $525,000 rebuild of Mt Coolum walking track
· $810,000 Mooloolaba Boating facilities upgrades with floating walkways
· New pedestrian crossing Aerodrome Road plus new pedestrian crossing about to be constructed at Yaroomba
Police and community
· 27 new police officers across the Sunshine Coast
· Land acquired for future Coolum Police Station
· Local public housing waiting list cut by 40%
· Launched the 'Make the Most of the Moment' campaign for the Sunshine Coast in 2013. The campaign ran in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
· Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) has received more than $250,000 in funding since 2012 through the Regional Tourism Organisation Contestable Grants Funding Scheme for projects focussed on business events, experience development and marketing campaign activity.
· Supporting major local events such as:
o IRONMAN Sunshine Coast 70.3 (September)
o Noosa Triathlon Multi-Sport Festival (November)
o Woodford Folk Festival (December)
o Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival (March)
o Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (May)
o the Noosa Festival of Jazz,
o Maleny Wood Expo and
o Kenilworth Celebrates.
• Tourism and Events Queensland is also assisting Sunshine Coast Destination Limited develop their Destination Tourism Plan (DTP) to 2020, in consultation with key industry stakeholders.
Additional funding for our local schools thanks to the Great Results Guarantee in 2014.
Brightwater State School $161,011
Buderim Mountain State School $244,946
Kuluin State School $216,913
Mountain Creek State High School $176,280
Mountain Creek State School $235,518
Beerwah State High School $93,440
Beerwah State School $117,344
Caloundra State High School $117,720
Caloundra State School $119,544
Currimundi Special School $74,250
Currimundi State School $126,464
Glenview State School $45,652
Golden Beach State School $149,146
Landsborough State School $62,050
Mooloolah State School $51,860
Beerburrum State School $38,116
Chevallum State School $115,174
Conondale State School $15,866
Delaneys Creek State School $39,640
Elimbah State School $101,853
Eudlo State School $20,692
Glass House Mountains State School $96,756
Maleny State High School $68,937
Maleny State School $74,012
Montville State School $41,004
Mount Mee State School $16,620
Palmwoods State School $117,366
Peachester State School $26,636
Wamuran State School $82,250
Woodford State School $73,952
Buddina State School $171,701
Chancellor State College $355,982
Kawana Waters State College $191,184
Meridan State College $344,817
Talara Primary College $225,796
Coolum State School $226,537
Maroochydore State High School $112,772
Maroochydore State School $96,643
Mooloolaba State School $183,408
Pacific Paradise State School $175,855
Providing school maintenance funding to address the backlog of maintenance left by the former Labor government under our Advancing Our Schools Maintenance initiative.
Buderim Mountain State School
Kuluin State School
Mountain Creek State High School
Mountain Creek State School
Beerwah State High School
Beerwah State School
Caloundra State High School
Caloundra State School
Currimundi Special School
Currimundi State School
Glenview State School
Golden Beach State School
Landsborough State School
Mooloolah State School
Beerburrum State School
Chevallum State School
Conondale State School
Delaneys Creek State School
Elimbah State School
Eudlo State School
Glass House Mountains State School
Maleny State High School
Maleny State School
Montville State School
Mount Mee State School
Palmwoods State School
Peachester State School
Wamuran State School
Woodford State School
Buddina State School
Chancellor State College
Kawana Waters State College
Meridan State College
Talara Primary College
Coolum State School
Maroochydore State High School
Maroochydore State School
Mooloolaba State School
Pacific Paradise State School
Everyone's Environment Grant Program
Round One (2012)
Anglican sailing adventures in life skills
The Green Triangle
Maroochy WaterWatch Inc
Integrated Sunshine Coast Clean-up Project
Buderim, Maroochydore, Nicklin, Caloundra and Pumicestone
Mary River Catchment Coordination Association
Revitalising Mary River Community Waterwatch Network
Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers
A Wild Future for Queensland
Glass House, Dalrymple, Gladstone, Mackay and Hinchinbrook
Tiaro & District Landcare Group Inc
Reduce impact of pest species on wild Mary River Turtles (endangered)
Nicklin, Gympie and Maryborough
Peregian Beach Community Association
Let's Grapple the Gaza
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc
Weeding and Rehabilitation of Unformed Road at Headland Section of Noosa National Park
Noosa and District Landcare Group Inc
Noosa Hinterland Koala Habitat Conservation & Awareness
Noosa and Gympie
Anglican sailing adventures in life skills
Buderim Native Forests Preservation Project
Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network (GMAN)
Koala Food Tree Project
Barung Landcare Association Inc
Gardens for Wildlife
Night Eyes Water & Landcare Inc
Pumicestone Passage Water & Mangrove Monitoring
Glass House and Pumicestone
Extending habitat for endangered Quolls around D'Aguilar National Park
Glass House, Ferny Grove and Ashgrove
Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation
Maroochy River Mangrove Revegetation and Water Quality Testing Project 2013-2016
Mapleton State School P&C
Creek to Sky - Increasing freshwater, terrestrial and biocultural biodiversity, a collaborative effort involving members of the school community, Mapleton community and associated organisations
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc
The Fall of Singapore: an assault on Singapore Daisy in the Noosa Catchment
Weyba Creek Bushcare Group
Restoration of Riparian Bushland: Weyba Esplanade and Weyba Creek, Noosaville.
Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grant Program
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Pty Ltd
Purchase new rescue equipment and fund training courses in tree climbing for additional staff to ensure multiple trained staff members can be on call at any one time.
Establish a new 10 hectare eucalypt plantation, providing a long-term secure supply of koala fodder for the koalas in care at the hospital.
Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue
Equip two accredited tree climber rescuers with tree climbing equipment and equip new volunteers with rescue gear.
Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue
Rescue equipment and innovative koala traps with alarms to alert rescuers and reduce the time koalas spend in the trap.
Koala Habitat Program
Curramore, Sunshine Coast
Kidaman Creek, Sunshine Coast
Wootha, Sunshine Coast
Harper Creek Guala
Conondale, Sunshine Coast
Wootha, Sunshine Coast
Kidaman Creek, Sunshine Coast
Koala Habitat Acquisition Program
Wild Road, Crohamhurst, Sunshine Coast
Recreation and sport
· Since January 2012, the Queensland Government has approved funding of over $2.5 million in the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area.
· This includes:
o $1 569 024 under Get Playing to support 19 infrastructure development projects, including (but not limited to):
§ $100,000 to the University of the Sunshine Coast Athletic Club to construct timing and storage facilities in Sippy Downs
§ $100,000 to the Maroochydore Cricket Club to upgrade two standard practice wickets to international standard at Buderim; and
§ $95,900 to Bli Bli United Football Club to install field lighting to support football at Bli Bli
o $471,024 under Get Going to support 65 projects such as promotional activities, equipment and membership drives.
o $395,649 under the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program to assist 17 sport and recreation clubs repair damage and replace equipment as a result of disasters declared in the area
o $567,000 under the Young Athlete Assistance Program to assist with the costs for accommodation and travel for young athletes from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area attending State, National and International competitions
Further to this, 2,475 vouchers Get Started vouchers have been redeemed to date, including round three vouchers were redeemed at sport and recreation clubs in the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area by children and young people to assist with club membership and participation fees
· The upper reaches of Lake Baroon have been re-opened to paddle craft and fishing.
· working with Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group to improve the local catchment
· Pathway leading to paddle craft launch point at Ewen Maddock Dam has been improved to provide easier access to the water.
· Changes to car park so there are now designated car and trailer parking spots, in addition existing parking for cars and horse floats. The bus parking area has also been improved.
· Provided $300,000 to SEQ catchments for wetlands restoration in the Pumicestone Passage catchment.
· Provided $450,000 over the next the years to promote sustainable and resilient practices in horticulture within the Pumicestone catchment.