Budget 2014-15: Southern Bay Islands to benefit

Redland City Council has committed nearly $6 million over the next two years for projects on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands as part of its 2014-15 Budget.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s Budget included important community infrastructure for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, including $1million for road upgrades, taking the total spend on SMBI roads to $3 million for the past two years.

“The Budget also includes nearly $1 million for a community sports and resilience centre on Russell Island to complement the sporting fields and multi-purpose courts that opened last year,” she said.

“Key commitments included in this year’s Budget will provide an ongoing positive legacy for the SMBI community, such as upgrading the intersection of Minjerriba and Centre roads (Russell Island) including road widening,” she said.

“Funding is also allocated for the start of the Macleay Island foreshore project, which will be constructed over two years and include a new recreational boat-ramp and car parking facilities.

“The community has been calling for this project for years, so residents will be very pleased to see it included in the Budget.

“Nearly $100,000 has also been included for local parks with upgrades planned for Lions Boulevard Park (Russell Island), High Street Park (Russell Island) and Pioneer Children’s Memorial Park (Russell Island).”

Southern Moreton Bay Island projects funded in the Budget include:

  • Upgrade Lamb Island car parking, including resurface and access.
  • Macleay Island road resurfacing: Western Road, South Sea Terrace, Thomas, Oomool, Lonicera, Kate, Jan and Baracoota streets.
  • Russell Island road resurfacing: Bay Drive, Channel, Guthrie and Patterson streets.
  • Lamb Island road resurfacing: Lucas Drive.
  • Minjerriba Rd, Russell Island – Intersection improvement at the Centre Road intersection including road widening and concrete islands.
  • High St Path, Russell Island – Complete missing link in pedestrian network between ferry terminal and shopping centre.
  • Russell Island Park works: High Street, Pioneer Children’s and Lions Boulevard.
  • Upgrade Macleay Island boat ramp.
  • Russell Terrace Macleay Island sea wall and asbestos capping.

3 thoughts on “Budget 2014-15: Southern Bay Islands to benefit

  1. Karen Frith

    While this all sounds wonderful, seems to be a lot of work happening on Russell, not much on Macleay, a bit on Lamb and none on Karragarra. A 3.9% rise on water while we are waiting for the Mayor to tell Redlands why we were overcharged $10 million in water in last 2 years and how long are we going to have to pay the $84.00 levy for Translink. Give us some explanations please

  2. Brock Gerrand

    My biggest issue is that none of the proposed developments stimulate local economy… Yay a car park? Wouldn’t money be better spent on waterfront shops and or attractions and then the long term rental income from those shops, attraction or services spent in funding free public transport?

    The addition of wide bike lanes down the length of all the islands would make the safe use of alternate means of transportation bicycles? rickshaws? a reality.

    “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”

  3. Island Joe

    It’s so good to see that this council has such vision for the future of the islands. Waterfront car parks are an excellent use of funds. For me personally I feel comforted by the fact that when I drive my car down to the ferry it will be sitting there for the day (sometimes many days when I’m away) looking over the beautiful and pristine waters surrounding our islands. This council acknowledges that cars have feelings too and when left alone they should be able to sit quietly on the tar sealed car park with a million dollar view. I couldn’t possibly think of a better use of the most valuable land on the island. It’s also a positive contribution to the overall image of the island when boats cruise past. Those passing boaties can look toward our shore and view the masterpiece that is the water front car park. Nice work councillors, I’m excited about our future and can sleep better knowing we are in good hands.


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