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BUDGET BOOST

2023-24 COUNCIL BUDGET BUDGET BOOST FOR MASSIVE ROAD DUPLICATION PROJECT The next section of works on the Wellington Street / Panorama Drive road duplication project at Thornlands has been allocated $40.5 million as the largest single commitment in the Redland City Council Budget for 2023-2024. Mayor Karen Williams said the $430 million community Budget included a targeted and sensible capital expenditure program, valued at more than $135.7 million. “More than half of Council’s capital spend for 2023-2024 will go towards roads and infrastructure, including key intergenerational projects that will bring significant benefits to our community well into the future,” Cr Williams said. “Of the $53.37 million provided in the capital spend for transport, roads and traffic projects, $40.5 million has been set aside for the next step in delivering this city-defining road duplication project. “Starting at the Boundary Road intersection with Panorama Drive at Thornlands, this Budget allocation will largely complete the first stage through to South Street.” The next largest road project funded in the Budget is $5.48 million for an upgrade to Double Jump Road, Victoria Point. Cr Williams said the infrastructure expenditure included progressing catalyst projects as outlined in Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond. “In future-building for our city, the Budget provides $33.85 million for infrastructure projects, with $9.92 million allocated to fund the next stage of the exciting Birkdale Community Precinct, including restoration of the historic Willards Farm,” she said. “A further $8.61 million will go towards the continued redevelopment of the Weinam Creek hub at Redland Bay, which will become a real focal point for the southern Redlands Coast.” For more information, see Council’s 2023-2024 Budget webpage.

LGAQ CONFERENCE COUNCIL TO TABLE LOCAL ADVOCACY ISSUES Redland City Council will advocate for key issues on behalf of the community at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) annual conference, to be held in Gladstone from 16-18 October 2023. The annual conference will bring together delegates from all tiers of government, external stakeholders and the media to consider the challenges facing local government and their communities. Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council would table six motions at the conference covering key issues such as koala habitat protection, local crime management, island communities support, State and Local government relationships, application of RTI legislation and seeking clarity around the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBCA). Cr Williams said the LGAQ is an important advocacy channel for Queensland Councils to collectively voice matters of statewide importance and collaboratively achieve positive outcomes for our communities, in conjunction with other levels of government. “Local governments play an important role in delivering for Queensland communities every day and we possess firsthand knowledge of the specific challenges faced by our diverse regions. “The LGAQ has been an effective platform in advocating for the necessary changes that enhance the quality of life for all Queenslanders across the state”. Cr Williams and Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary will be Council’s official delegates at the LGAQ Conference, with other Councillors able to attend as observers. ‘


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