Div 5: Getting the balance right between lifestyle and growth
Published 18 June 2021
The popularity of Division 5 is undeniable, but Councillor Sandra Ruck says the expectations of existing residents need to be met first.
So Budget 2021-22 will focus on investing in local sports, recreation and community infrastructure.
“Local families love living here for our healthy and relaxed lifestyle, so I’m thrilled by all the upgrades and exciting projects we’ll get underway this financial year,” Cr Ruck said.
“Council has allocated $4.5 million to the upgrade of the new Deception Bay Community Hall in partnership with the Federal Government, which has generously provided another $2.5 million to support this project.
“It’s exciting to see this hall getting a new lease on life and transforming into a district level facility for the whole region, doubling as a new home for the Deception Bay Meals on Wheels.
“Further down the foreshore we will begin work on the $2.3 million Deception Bay Environmental Centre at Joseph Crescent with $500,000 this financial year to start building on the site where the old DPI buildings were, an important project that’s only possible thanks to support from the State Government.
“This space will become an inviting precinct for locals and visitors to relax and unwind, and a welcoming place for community groups to come together with a playground, kiosk and indigenous displays.
“We will invest $1.25 million into the Stage 1 of upgrades to the popular Redcliffe PCYC at Kippa-Ring, which is critical to support the growth we’re seeing in sport in this area.
“The concept designs for Talobilla Park’s Softball Clubhouse will be finalised this financial year so we can hopefully have construction completed in 2024, this is important because the local softball club certainly continues to grow in numbers.
“There are also 17 local park upgrades planned around Division 5 within the next five years, to ensure families have outdoor spaces close to home where they can relax and have a good time.
“We’re also investing in greater environmental rehabilitation and revegetation around our beautiful coastline, with $450,00 to repair and raise the Deception Bay seawall to ensure it remains for generations to come.
“From here I really want to make sure we’re greening more of our local area, so expect to see more advocacy from me in that space.
“Finally, I want to highlight a passion project of mine which is the $300,000 we’ll invest developing the Deception Bay SES building.
“Our SES volunteers do a fantastic job and this money will ensure that our hardworking crews have the facilities they need to assist our community in times of disaster.
“I’m also hoping that it might even help to increase our SES volunteer numbers, they’re always looking for new members!”
Budget 2021-22 delivers a record $245 million capital works program and a renewed focus on community engagement, to ensure every action of Council aligns with the values of our local community.
Budget Highlights for Division 5
- $4.5 million to upgrade the Deception Bay Community Hall
- $1.25 million for Stage 1 of the Redcliffe PCYC expansion in Kippa-Ring
- $750,000 to build new pedestrian pathways along Lipscombe Road in Deception Bay
- $500,000 to start Stage 1 of construction of the new environmental hub in place of the old DPI buildings on Joseph Crescent
- $460,000 for new footpaths along Buchanan Street in Rothwell
- $450,000 for seawall replacement works along Captain Cook Parade in Deception Bay
- $400,000 for new designs to upgrade the skate park at Deception Bay Sports Centre the following year
- $300,000 for Stage 2 of resurfacing at the Redcliffe Aerodrome (Taxiway and Helicopter Pads)
- $280,000 for road resurfacing along Landsborough Avenue in Scarborough
- $260,000 for pathway construction at the Government Street Sportsground, Deception Bay
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