Budget to enhance greenspaces and improve local roads

The healthy and active lifestyle Division 10 residents love will get a major investment in the 2020/21 Budget.

Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance said this year’s budget focuses on keeping the local community the way locals like it, clean, green and safe.

“I’m excited by all the park improvements, sports facility upgrades and roads renewal programs we’ll see rolled out this year with $9.6 million allocated to getting Division 10 back on track post-COVID,” he said.

“Our priority has been to support jobs by awarding as many council contracts as possible to local firms for delivery through our new ‘Local Preference’ policy.

“So I’m hoping to see locals working on planned upgrades to facilities at much-loved parks like James Drysdale Reserve, Leslie Patrick Park and Pine Hills Park just to name a few.

“This budget provides more than $1.4 million into local sports, recreation, and community infrastructure in Division 10 alone.

“James Drysdale Reserve will see investment into a new fit for purpose community building which will accommodate a variety of local community groups.

“Pine Hills Park will get a new playground, new exercise equipment, and a new carpark to improve safety and ease of access.

“At Leslie Patrick Park, we’ll see the installation of an outdoor chess set and ping-pong tables, as well as a garden, further greenspace enhancements and a new space designed for badminton and volleyball.”

In addition to the funding for parks and recreation, the Council has also committed to a raft of transport infrastructure upgrades and renewals that will ensure the safe travel of Division 10 residents.

“Part of Council’s core business is to provide safe and reliable local roads, so I’m pleased to see $5.4 million allocated to road safety improvements to help residents get to work, school, and home to their families safer and sooner than before,” Cr Constance said.

“Some of these projects include the rehabilitation of Patricks Road in Ferny Hills, the repair and renewal of the Matthew Hawthorne Reserve boardwalk and detailed design works for the Plucks/Minto pedestrian connector.”

Division 10 Budget Highlights include:
• $2.1 million for Road resurfacing across Division 10
• $500,000 towards an upgrade of the intersection of Gordon Road and Ferry Way
• $415,000 towards the upgrade of the concourse and slide access at the Albany Creek Leisure Centre
• $400,000 for Pine Hills Park Upgrade
• $160,000 for construction of Town Green at Leslie Patrick Park
• $150,000 towards an upgrade of the intersection of South Pine Road and Plucks Road
• $138,000 for the pedestrian Bridge renewal at the Matthew Hawthorne Reserve
• $100,000 for new pathway construction on Alstonia Street
• $100,000 for renewal of fauna fencing of the underpass at Collins Road
• $85,000 for the installation of fitness equipment at Bert Hall Park
• $53,000 for Bus shelter upgrade on Tarnook Drive
• $50,000 to commence early planning and community consultation for Hills District Civic Facility at Dawson Parade

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