BUDGET: The Whitsunday Regional Council gathered in Proserpine while Mayor Andrew Willcox delivered the 2016/17 budget this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times.
BUDGET: The Whitsunday Regional Council gathered in Proserpine while Mayor Andrew Willcox delivered the 2016/17 budget this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times. Sharon Smallwood

Budget 2016-17 – who got what

WHITSUNDAY Regional Councillors seemed to walk away from today's budget meeting happy with what they all got.

Here's what the six councillors had to say about what their divisions will receive:

DIVISION 1 - AIRLIE BEACH - CR JAN CLIFFORD

DIVISION 1: Jan Clifford. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
DIVISION 1: Jan Clifford. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

JAN Clifford is ecstatic to finally be able to construct a footpath from Shute Harbour Road to the Shingley Drive intersection, which, together with footpaths on Jubilee Pocket Road, will receive $306,000.

"It's been a big bug-bear for me over the eight years I've been in council," she said.

Although there will be plenty of visual changes across her division Cr Clifford said there was more that was unseen and "not so sexy".

"There'll be work under the roads where we're doing replacements and upgrades on the water and sewerage systems," she said.

"It's not sexy but it's essential."

Cr. Clifford said overall she was happy with the budget and described it as "extremely fair" across the whole region.

"Everyone's got to have their little say," she said.

"I seem to have more social infrastructure because I don't have the road networks that (other councillors) have in the rural areas so it all works itself out."

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

•$850,000 to deliver Stage 2 of the Airlie Foreshore Revitalisation, including sound shell, toilet block, shelters and picnic area.

• $500,000 roof replacement of the Whitsunday PCYC

• $306,000 for footpaths on Jubilee Pocket Road (the missing link) and Shute Harbour Road to Shingley Drive intersection.

• $250,000 towards the Whitsunday Sportpark Precinct Redevelopment Project

• $79,000 for a water main renewal on Bay Terrace, Shute Harbour

• $32,000 for the installation of solar lighting along the Bicentennial Walkway and additional exercise equipment at Whisper Bay.

 

DIVISION 2 - CANNONVALE - CR RON PETTERSON

Ron Petterson Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
Ron Petterson Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

THIS budget was the first for Councillor Ron Petterson, who described it as quite "constrained".

"I'm very happy with how the budget has turned out," he said.

Passionate about the Cannonvalley Rural Fire Brigade, Cr Petterson was pleased to see the station will receive $130,000 for the purchase of land.

A total of $325,00 has been allocated to a reconstruction of Beach Road, which Cr Petterson said was the main thoroughfare for kids to get to school.

"Cannonvale State School is a very large school and it's growing," he said.

"It's important that the entrance to the school is done well."

Another stage of Logan's Adventure Playground will also benefit, with $40,000 going towards more equipment.

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

• $763,245 for the Cutuli Road, Riordanvale construction project;

• $325,000 for the reconstruction of Beach Road • $130,000 for the purchase of land for the Cannonvalley Rural Fire Brigade

• $205,000 for upgrades to structures at Cannonvale Beach (includes new BBQ shelter and connection between green areas over existing drain) and re-sanding of the beach.

• $75,000 for a footpath on Shute Harbour Road from Manooka Drive to Picaninni Close.

• $40,000 for a flood camera at Crofton Creek

• $40,000 for playground equipment at Logan's Adventure Playground.

 

DIVISION 3 - PROSERPINE - CR JOHN COLLINS

DIVISION 3: Cr. John Collins. Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian
DIVISION 3: Cr. John Collins. Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian Rory Sheavils

HAPPY to see some of his planned projects laid out on the table, Cr John Collins said he was happy with the budget and that council did "the best we can do".

"We're hoping to extend the Faust Street footpath out towards the junior sporting complex, which is something I've been aiming towards for the last few years," he said.

"It'll make it safer for kids because in an afternoon, they're out and about.

"Unfortunately a lot of the money being spent in our area is underground and people don't see it but it's a necessity that we need in the area."

Cr Collins is of course referring to the Proserpine Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade ($2.8 million), Main Street drainage reconstruction ($627,362), water main replacements at Camm Road, Mt Julian, and Ruge Street and Davey Avenue in Proserpine ($558,000) and the delivery of the Proserpine Recycled Water Project ($250,000).

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

• $2.8 million for Proserpine Sewerage Treatment Plant Upgrade;

• $627,362 Main Street Drainage reconstruction

• $600,000 for Proserpine Water Park

• $558,000 for a water main replacement at Camm Road, Mt Julian and Ruge Street and Davey Avenue in Proserpine

• $250,000 to deliver the Proserpine Recycled Water Project

• $200,000 for the construction of footpaths on Faust Street and the beach park area at Conway Beach

 

DIVISION 4 - PROSERPINE-COLLINSVILE - CR PETER RAMAGE

DIVISION 4: Cr Peter Ramage. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
DIVISION 4: Cr Peter Ramage. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

PETER Ramage had only positive words to say about the budget and is looking forward to getting started on his planned projects.

"I'm more than happy with the budget," he said.

"I think in 12 months' time, (councillors) will be more than pleased with the progress in their certain area."

The main highlight for Division 4 was $2.5 million towards the completion of the upgrade of Gregory River Bridge on Dingo Beach Road.

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

• $2.5 million for completing the upgrade of Gregory River Bridge on Dingo Beach Road;

• $1.14 million for Andromache Road bridge works - Proserpine, Mount Wyatt Road bridge works - Collinsville and reconstruction of Strathmore Road - Collinsville.

• $254,000 for upgrades to the Collinsville Showgrounds Precinct;

• $212,550 for stage 3 of the CCTV implementation and intruder alarms at the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

• $124,500 for a water main replacement at Pelican Road - Collinsville

• A combined $113,000 for Kelsey Creek Road and Kelsey Creek Floodway works.

DIVISION 5 - BOWEN - CR DAVE CLARK

DIVISION 5: Dave Clark. Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
DIVISION 5: Dave Clark. Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

IN DIVISION 5, $575,000 towards interim nutrient removal at the Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant and a Wastewater Recycling Facility is money well spent according to Cr Dave Clark.

Rather than a focus on tourism this year, Cr. Clark said his division would be doing a great deal in design for the sewerage treatment plant.

"With the sewerage treatment plan in my division, even though we're doing small adjustments, we're doing a design for a new plan as well and hopefully that will happen in 2017 or 2018," he said.

"We need to get the design off the ground first and work out where we're going to put it."

Overall, Cr Clark was happy with the budget and said "we've put a lot of effort into it".

Other highlights for Division 5 are the renewal of a water pipeline in West Street, Bowen ($277,000), the widening of Dalrymple Street ($200,000), Bowen Swimming Pool upgrades (130,000), the inclusion of shade covers to various play equipment in Bowen ($95,000) and the design of Stage 2 of the Bowen Front Beach Revitalisation ($50,000).

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

• $277,000 for a water pipeline renewal in West Street, Bowen

• $200,000 for the widening of Dalrymple Street;

• $100,000 for the Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant Wastewater Recycling Facility - Design and Land Acquisition

• $475,000 for Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant interim nutrient removal

• $130,000 for Bowen Swimming Pool upgrades;

• $95,000 for shade covers to various play equipment in Bowen as part of a staged plan

• $50,000 for the design of Stage 2 of the Bowen Front Beach Revitalisation

 

DIVISION 6 - BOWEN-SURROUNDS - CR MIKE BRUNKER

DIVISION 6: Mike Brunker. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
DIVISION 6: Mike Brunker. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

MIKE Brunker said for Division 6, this year would be a "planning year".

"This particular budget we've increased our planning side of things because there's major parks that need to have underground sprinklers and refurbishments," he said.

With Bowen being a particularly flat area, Cr Brunker said footpaths were a big talking point.

"We're into walking and cycling so we're pleased to be able to fix footpaths as well," he said.

A combined $785,000 will be used for constructing footpaths along Argyle Park Road and Golf Links Road.

Despite being happy with what his division has received in the budget, Cr Brunker said he was equally pleased to see other councillors satisfied as well.

"It's not about what each particular division gets in terms of 'jelly bean syndrome', it's more where the money needs to be spent," he said.

"I'm more than happy if another division gets money for things that need to be done- we're all a team."

SPENDING SNAPSHOT

• $815,000 for a new lined cell at the Bowen Landfill

• A combined $785,000 for constructing footpaths along Argyle Park Road and Golf Links Road;

• $400,000 for Queens Beach State School parking

• $300,000 for the refurbishment of all public toilet blocks in Bowen;

• $50,000 for Col Leather Sporting Complex (drainage and car park)

• A portion of the $1.45 million roads reseal program will be spent on 14 roads in Division 6.

• $40,000 for sealing 1km of Tondara Road


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