Sunshine Coast Council has delivered road, cycle and pedestrian pathway upgrades to 16 locations across the region, as part of the Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program phase two. 

Sunshine Coast Council received $11 million in funding for these vital road upgrades, with many already completed. This funding is part of $22 million committed to the Sunshine Coast region for priority projects through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor, Rick Baberowski, said Council had delivered much needed upgrades, expansions and maintenance to the region’s  roads, cycle and pedestrian pathways, with the work also supporting local jobs.

“A variety of priority roads and pathways have been completed from Maleny, Palmwoods and Mooloolah Valley, to Buderim and Mudjimba further north,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Road resurfacing works have also wrapped up in Landsborough on a gravel section of road along Railway Street, and resealing Old Gympie Road between Coonowrin and Sahara Roads will soon be completed.  

“The majority of the projects have been completed, with a couple of upgrades anticipated to be finished by mid-2022.

“The $3.5 million dollar gravel road upgrade for Zgrajewski Road at Yandina Creek started early January 2022.

“The works will see 2km of gravel road sealed to make it safer and more pleasant for road users.

“For the safety of council’s workers and our community, the full length of Zgrajewski Road, between McCords Road and Arcoona Road, will be closed to through traffic and is expected to be open to motorists in early May.

“An alternative route will be available via Yandina-Coolum Road for through traffic and nearby residents outside the project site.

“The final stage of the $2.4 million Citrus Road in Eudlo is nearing completion. The upgrade works began in August 2021.”

Cr Baberowski said that road base, sealing, kerbing, drainage works, and landscaping will be completed and ready to be opened to the community very soon.

Cr Baberowski also said the coastal pathway between Bokarina and Warana was expected to be completed in early-2022, weather permitting.

“By improving pathways which run adjacent to our beaches, parks and leisure areas our community can get outdoors and explore the coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

The Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, said that these federally-funded projects had come at a critical time for the Sunshine Coast’s recovery from COVID-19.

“Cycling around the region on my Tour de Fisher I have seen how rough and dangerous some of these roads, especially in the Hinterland can be,” Mr Wallace said. 

“Not only are these infrastructure projects improving road safety and getting locals home sooner, they are also supporting vital jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across the Sunshine Coast at a time when we need it the most.

“I am committed to ensuring that the Federal Government continues to deliver the unprecedented investment we have seen in our region’s Infrastructure since 2016, so that we can continue to create the Sunshine Coast we all want to see in the years to come.”

Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien, said that the massive $11 million boost has already had an enormous impact on the lives of Sunshine Coast locals.

“It’s great to see Commonwealth-funded road projects having such a positive impact on the lives of local people,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This includes Yandina Creek resident Angelo Reitano who, after a three-decade wait, can finally have the road in front of his house sealed with the support of $3.2 million in federal funding.

“This $11 million funding boost is another example of the Federal Government helping the Sunshine Coast recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic by supporting shovel ready projects and local jobs.”

Projects funded by the $11 million Federal Government funding are:

  • King Road, Mooloolah Valley pavement rehabilitation – completed April 2021
  • Cromwell Street, Battery Hill bicycle and walking paths – completed July 2021
  • Bunya Road, Palmview pavement rehabilitation – completed July 2021
  • Enfield Crescent, Battery Hill pathway bicycle and walking paths – completed July 2021
  • Railway Street, Landsborough roadworks – completed August 2021
  • Cupania Street, Mudjimba road upgrade (east section) – completed September 2021
  • Mountain View, Maleny road resurfacing – completed October 2021
  • Lees Road, Bridges gravel road upgrade – completed November 2021
  • Meridan Way, Meridan Plains street lighting – completed November 2021
  • Crosby Hill road, Buderim bicycle and walking paths – completed December 2021

 Works scheduled to be completed by mid-2022 are:

  • Old Gympie Road, Landsborough road resurfacing – completion February 2022
  • Hodgens Road, Bald Knob road resurfacing – completion February 2022
  • Bokarina to Warana Coastal bicycle and walking paths – completion February 2022
  • Citrus road, Eudlo bitumen resurfacing – completion early-January 2022
  • Scholars Drive Link, Sippy Downs construction of new road – completion April 2022
  • Zgrajewski Road, Yandina Creek bitumen sealing – completion April 2022
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