Category Archives: Budget 2015-16

Rates reprieve, new projects for Southern Moreton Bay Islands

Redland City Council’s 2015-16 Budget will deliver a rates reprieve for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents in addition to more than $9 million in capital projects.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s Budget would see the rates for a typical SMBI property with a land valuation of $44,000, with average water consumption and including all rates and utilities, fall by almost 5per cent, saving residents about $113 a year.

“This is great news for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and has been made possible through Council absorbing external cost increases and the removal of the infrastructure levy previously imposed on bay island properties,” she said.

“Obviously residents’ final rates bill will depend on the State Government’s revaluation, which is out of Council’s control, but Council has worked hard to deliver a budget that provides for the entire community, including the islands.

“This rates reprieve has been achieved while handing down a balanced budget which predicts a surplus of $106,000 and falling debt, providing a secure financial future for the city.

“This continues Council’s strong financial performance over the previous two years, including a surplus in 2013-14, a predicted surplus for 2014-15 and ongoing surpluses in future years.

“The Southern Moreton Bay Islands will also continue to have access to TransLink services under this Budget, providing islanders with fantastic transport options including free intra-island ferry services.”

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Council’s financial services spokesperson Cr Mark Edwards said the Budget also included important community projects as part of the $78 million capital program.

“This includes more than $5 million for the Macleay Island car park and foreshore upgrade.  This project will deliver additional car parking, new recreational boat ramp and improved beach access,” he said.

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

“We have also committed $1 million for sealing roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, taking Council’s total roads commitment to $4 million over the past three years.

“This work will see Council use its new ‘green sealing’ method, which has already seen more than nine kilometres of road across 29 bay island roads during the last year.  Residents have told us they need this work completed faster and we have listened by implementing this green sealing program.

“An $800,000 upgrade of the Macleay Island barge ramp will also be completed, a much-needed project that will provide a safer more reliable barge landing.

“Work will also be completed on the Russell Island sports and resilience centre which began recently.”

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Council 2015-16 Budget helps to green the Redlands

The Redlands’ natural environment will be enhanced by more than $30 million in spending in today’s Council budget.

The allocations include a total of $11.65 million for a variety of ongoing environmental operations, as well as $20 million in water, waste water and waste upgrades which will help boost the quality of water which flows into Moreton Bay.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council recognised the community’s strong affinity with the natural environment through a range of important fauna and flora programs.

“These range from revegetation and erosion-control projects to restore areas of the Redlands to their former glory to clean-ups, fire management and the great work of our environmental centre crew at IndigiScapes,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Through these programs we are continuing to protect and manage large tracts of bushland and nurture our local flora and fauna, particularly koalas.

“This financial year we will plant another 60,000 trees, many of them koala favourites, adding to the 38,000 koala food trees we have planted in the past five years.

“Council also recently completed koala corridor mapping to ensure koala trees are planted in the right locations and is actively supporting the work of Professor Peter Timms, who is currently testing a chlamydia vaccine on koalas in the Redlands.

“Council has also agreed to an immediate review of the requirements for dog owners in koala areas under the provisions of our Local Laws.”

Cr Williams said Council was very appreciative of the involvement of the community in supporting the environment.

“With Council’s commitment, the efforts of our Bushcare volunteers and residents through programs such as our Land for Wildlife, Voluntary Conservation and Koala Conservation agreements, as well as the Waterways Extension and Your Backyard Garden programs are making a real difference,’’ she said.

“We recognise that the demands of a growing city brings with it environmental issues which need to be addressed and we do not shy away from that, and that includes properly resourcing the care and control of our public conservation estate which now covers close to 10,000 hectares.

“We remain committed to protecting pristine bushland and restoring other priority areas, as well as working with our many passionate and enthusiastic landholders to improve land management and conservation.

“That also extends to striving for best practice within our water and waste operations to ensure their impact is minimal.  The budget invests in upgrading waste water treatment operations at Point Lookout and Thorneside, as well as a $1.2 million upgrade at Birkdale transfer station.’’

Cr Williams said Council had also budgeted almost $300,000 for track and trail maintenance across the City’s conservation estate.

“This  includes vehicular tracks, mountain bike tracks, horse trails,  pedestrian tracks and boardwalks  so residents and visitors can enjoy walking and riding in the wild,’’ Cr Williams said.

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$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 for a full Budget breakdown.

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

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