Moreton Bay Council in Queensland has announced its 2022-23 Budget which includes investments in community demanded projects such as significant road upgrades, environmental and weather protection projects, and community amenities upgrades.
Following a community survey, Moreton Bay Council Mayor, Peter Flannery, announced several different focuses for the city of Moreton with amenities and upgrades to support the needs of the community.
Council’s record $816 million 2022-23 Budget is “about increasing [the] infrastructure investment to ensure the lifestyle locals love isn’t just preserved but enhanced”, Mayor Flannery said.
Mayor Flannery, said road construction, repair and resurfacing are among the biggest priorities in the Budget 2022-23, which includes the start of construction of a new bridge across the North Pine River at Youngs Crossing Road.
“It’s no secret that Moreton Bay is growing fast and locals feel that most when they’re in the car on the way to work, at the school pickup and drop off, and during the weekend rush to our favourite getaway destinations,” Mayor Flannery said.
“Council services more than 3,700km of roads within Moreton Bay, which is the distance of a return trip from Morayfield to Melbourne –- and this is why we’re investing our largest portion of Budget 2022-23 toward roads, to get ahead of growth and address this quality of life issue.
“Less time spent on the road means more time doing the things we love with the people we love.
“We’re balancing this essential work with a strong environmental focus.
“This year’s severe weather has taught us all the importance of flood proofing our infrastructure which is why we’re investing $30 million to build a new Youngs Crossing Bridge – this is the beginning of a two year project which will be the biggest road infrastructure project in our Council’s history.
“This will be delivered by 2024 thanks to the Federal Government’s contribution of $32.75 million and it will provide one of our busiest roads with flood immunity for up to a one in 100-year flood.”
Budget highlights include:
- $174.2 million for roads and transport networks
- $69 million fo parks and environment
- $62.4 million for sustainable waste management
- $31.8 million for waterways and coastal areas
- $20.4 million for libraries, arties, community facilities and history
- $19.7 million for sport and recreation
- 148 footpath projects
Detailed road network budget upgrades
- $30 million in initial funding for road and bridge construction at Youngs Crossing Road in Joyner
- $13.8 million to raise the road level and improve traffic safety at the intersection of Henry Road and Dohles Rocks Road in Griffin, with $4 million in Federal Government funding
- $6 million for upgrading the intersection of Oakey Flat Road and Young Road in Narangba
- $5.2 million for improvements at the Old Gympie Road intersection with Boundary Road in Dakabin
- $4.5 million for road repair, a turning lane and works for potential future road widening at Boundary Road in Narangba
- $3.2 million to upgrade the intersection of Klingner Road and Boardman Road in Kippa-Ring
- $2.5 million to upgrade the intersection of South Pine Road and Plucks Road in Arana Hills
- $2.5 million to complete the Mango Hill Ring Road, with extension of Lamington Road to Anzac Avenue and Capestone Boulevard in Mango Hill
- $2.3 million for repairing Discovery Drive in North Lakes, removing cracks and deformation, and ensuring a waterproof surface
- $2 million to repair rutting and cracking at Eastern Service Road in Burpengary East
- $1.9 million for widening Graham Road in Morayfield from two to four lanes and install a central median strip
- $1.6 million to repair rutting at Bellmere Road in Bellmere
- $1.3 million in initial funding for upgrading the intersection of Alma Road and Marsden Road in Dakabin, as part of a larger $3 million project
- $1.3 million for street furniture, landscaping and paving as part of a streetscape project at Main Street in Samford Village
- $1 million in initial funding to upgrade the intersection of William Berry Drive and Morayfield Road in Morayfield, as part of a bigger $3.6 million project
- $1 million in initial funding to upgrade the intersection of Francis Road, Sparkes Road and Ellis Street in Lawnton, as part of a bigger $9.8 million project
- $935,000 to improve pedestrian safety with a raised street crossing and install lighting, signage, street furniture and landscaping at the intersection of First Avenue and Welsby Parade in Bongaree
The growing community
Mayor Flannery reaffirmed his passion for his region to “receive value for money for their rates and continue to benefit through millions of dollars of expenditure into the future”.
“As part of the growth we’re experiencing, we know that Moreton Bay’s over 65 population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of SEQ and by 2051 will have grown by 182 per cent,” Mayor Flannery said.
“That’s why last year we introduced rate rebates to part-pensioners to add to our existing rebates for pensioners bringing even more value for money for our aging residents and we’ll continue this into the future.”
Community events and amenities
To support the growth and community development, the Budget also includes additional free community events and activations. Mayor Flannery said he was “proud” to announce a further 20 free community events will be added to the calendar.
“There’ll be a party somewhere here almost every week of the year and the best thing is, they’ll be in the neighbourhoods near you, so you don’t have to travel far,” Mayor Flannery said.
Councillor Karl Winchester said the ‘Go Green as we Grow’ motto was about preserving the coastal way of life as the population grows.
“This means taking care of our environment, effective planning and protecting our heritage and history,” Cr Winchester said.
“I want to ensure our kids, and our kids’ kids grow up here enjoying the same kind of active lifestyle we had.
“So we are planning upgrades to Ray Frawley fields and Bradley Park, and renewing nine netball courts at KR Benson Park.”
Other Moreton councillors announced the plan for new sporting and community infrastructure across the Moreton region.
Other projects include:
- The Government Street sports facility awarded $2 million for upgrade overall
- The Deception Bay Skate Park improvement project will receive $1.47 million
- Talobilla Park will receive a further $1.2 million to meet demand by the local clubs
- Billabong Place Park will be upgraded with new play equipment and picnic facilities
- The Deception Bay Environmental Centre precinct will continue to be worked on, in line with the Council’s ‘Amazing Places and Natural Spaces’ plan
- Park upgrades to Victory Drive Park and Peppercorn Street Park
- A new park facility with shade at Fern Parade in Griffin
- Upgrades to Ray Frawley fields and Bradley Park, and renewing nine netball courts at KR Benson Park
- Progressing of the Margate Civic District Park development
- $2.2 million to begin plans to either save or rebuild the Sutton’s Beach Pavilion
- Conservation work on the Charlish Park seawall will continue
- New Housing and Homelessness Services Hub in partnership with the State Government at the old Pensioners Hall site
Mayor Flannery said the Council will increase the tree plantings by 30 per cent in 2022, increasing to 210, 000 more trees compared to the 2021 160,000 trees planted.
An increase in the Regional Infrastructure and Environment Charge will allow the Council to continue its “incredibly successful land buyback program, to protect more wildlife habitat from construction or development”.
“We’ve locked up 83 hectares of habitat since we launched this program in 2020, and we’re not slowing down,” Mayor Flannery said.
Councillor Constance said the budget was “all about balancing the needs of the people and the needs of our environment”.
“Council is embarking on a major program to protect our koala habitats and our natural surrounds,” Cr Constance said.
“There’s more than $1.2 million slated for new fauna crossings in Division 10 alone.
“That includes koala underpasses to reduce the risk of wildlife from entering the road corridors. We will also invest in driver awareness signage and environmental line marking to reduce driver distraction and, ultimately, reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.”
Councillor Cath Tonks announced further environmental projects for the division including:
- $1 million dollar road upgrade at the Leitchs Road crossing of Conflagration Creek in Brendale with wildlife protection and tree planting as key elements
- New fauna crossings, with another $610,000 provided for koala proof fencing, rope bridges, and ledges on Samsonvale Road at Joyner
- $100,000 will be invested into more trees, fencing and fauna escape poles at Eaton Hill, at Edward Allison Park as part of a bigger project
Rate increase to help deliver services
Mayor Flannery said some tough but deliberate Budget decisions had to be made to put Council on the fighting foot, with uncertain times ahead.
The Budget included a general rate rise of 4.8 per cent.
“This is a higher than usual rate rise here in Moreton Bay,” Mayor Flannery said.
“But it would be a far greater cost to our region if we went into a period of inflation without the resources we need to deliver the services you expect and deserve.
“Especially given the continuing impacts of the pandemic, the flood clean-up bill, soaring power and fuel prices, and a 14 per cent increase in the costs of goods and materials for Council.”
To view the full Moreton Council Budget 2022-23 visit here: