$21 million for Redlands congestion-busting transport projects

Redland City Council will spend more than $21 million to upgrade roads, transport and pedestrian paths, making it easier, safer and faster for residents to get around the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Council’s 2015-16 Budget included more than
$8 million to resurface local streets.

“Getting around the city safely and quickly is important to residents and Council has responded by adopting a capital program that will see road and transport upgrades provided for future generations,” she said.

“No-one wants potholes, and this year’s budget will include more than $8 million for resurfacing local streets.  This takes our total commitment to resurfacing local roads to almost $17 million over two years.

“There is $900,000 for reconstruction of Banfield Lane, Capalaba, and a further $1 million for Council’s successful green sealing of Southern Moreton Bay Island roads to reduce dust.”

Cr Williams said the Budget also included funding for a cross-border transport strategy to plan for the future of roads between the Redlands and Brisbane.

“Roads don’t just stop when they get to the city boundary so this project will develop a plan for the future of these roads to ensure they can cope with the extra residents who are expected to use them,” she said.

“It will include planning for the future of congested Rickertts Road, as well as the State Government-controlled Old Cleveland Road and Mt Cotton Road.”

Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the Budget not only committed to upgrading local roads, but also providing improved pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, to encourage alternative forms of transport.

“Almost $5 million will be spent upgrading footpaths, cycle ways and bus stops, encouraging residents to leave their car at home,” he said.

“There will be almost $1 million spent on new bike paths, including $650,000 to construct the missing link in the Moreton Bay Cycle way (MBC).  This 800 metre cycle way along Redland Bay Road in Thornlands will combine with developer contributed works to provide a continuous 12 kilometre cycleway from Cleveland to Victoria Point.

“The Moreton Bay Cycleway is a 150 kilometre multi-million-dollar project that will run from Bribie Island to Redland Bay via the new Gateway Bridge bikeway, and will become the longest cycleway on the east coast of Australia.

“This year’s capital program will also include a new 300 metre footpath along Valley, Way Mt Cotton, completing a missing link in the pedestrian and cycling network and improving access for residents to the only shopping centre in the area and Mount Cotton Community Park.”

Key transport projects:

  • Resurfacing Program:                                      $8 million
  • Southern Moreton Bay Island road upgrades  $1 million
  • Banfield Lane Reconstruction                          $900,000
  • Lighting Upgrade – Midjimberry Rd, NSI           $102,270
  • James Street Service Turning Facility             $100,000
  • Bus stop upgrades                                          $1.2 million
  • Moreton Bay Cycle way (Cleveland to Victoria Point)  $650,000
  • Cycle way Program Valley Way Trunk Path Link, Mt Cotton  $160,000
  • Footpath  Program Wellington – McCartney Sts,  Ormiston  $140,000

Visit Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full Budget breakdown.

To see what the Budget means for residents go to our Budget Highlights Info graphics