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Published 16 June 2023
This year’s 2023-24 Budget is jampacked with projects and events that will help residents make the most of the beautiful outdoors of The Hills District. Councillor Matt Constance (Div 10) said there was a focus on connecting and recreational footpath projects, projects to help protect local wildlife, and plenty of free events in our local parks to combat cost of living pressures.
“The great thing about living in The Hills District is that you have all the services and infrastructure of living in an urban centre while feeling connected to our beautiful local environment,” he said.
“This year’s budget will help locals get out and about and closer to nature by investing in over 1.5km of missing link pathways across Division 10.
“That includes a new footpath along Pylara Crescent in Ferny Hills to help promote safe walking to the nearby Patricks Road State School. “Our local wildlife will also be able to get around the region more easily with a new fauna crossing on Bunya Road and planning underway for more at the Jinker Track and Everton Hills.
“Council is making it easier to entertain the kids for free with plenty of awesome events like Music in the Park, the Hills Carnivale, and Movie in the Park events. “But you might want to book a babysitter for the Jazz and Shiraz event that will be back in 2024 at George Willmore Park where you can enjoy live music and a responsible drink from a fully licensed outdoor bar.
“Council will be rolling out a region-wide playground infrastructure renewal program to upgrade parks across the region. “Soccer Field 3 at James Drysdale Reserve is getting a huge upgrade to make it regulation size, improve the playing surface and drainage for the Pine Hills Football Club to utilise.
“Albany Creek Leisure Centre and Ferny Hills Swimming Pool will undergo some significant behind the scenes upgrades to make sure they’re safer and more reliable pools for locals to use.
“You’ll be able to get around the region even easier too with work starting on the $4 million Gordon Road and Ferny Way intersection upgrade, as well as over $1.5 million worth of road resurfacing across Division 10.
“There’s plenty going on in The Hills District over the coming years and I hope to see you all out about enjoying the new infrastructure and facilities in our region.”