Council plans for big-ticket items
BUNDABERG Regional Council is off and running with plans to move the city’s athletics complex to a site in a major new park that is set to become one of the region’s recreational hubs.
The plan to move the athletics complex is part of a 10-year spending forecast for the city’s infrastructure that was approved at a special council meeting yesterday.
Under state government regulations, the council was required to prepare and submit the plan by December 31 to gain the approval of the treasurer to borrow the money necessary from the Queensland Treasury Corporation.
Council CEO Peter Byrne said the 10-year forecast was flexible to allow for changing circumstances and priorities in the city.
The plan approved yesterday has a major focus on sewerage, water and waste treatment, with about $140 million to be spent on sewerage works alone in the next 10 years.
Mr Byrne said the council used to get a 40% subsidy from the state government for sewerage but that had been withdrawn, leaving the council to fund the works itself.
“Sewerage, water and waste treatment are the three things that drive the growth in the city’s economy, but we also need to develop social infrastructure,” he said.
Moving the athletics complex from Kuorikoski Oval to the 11ha park in the Johanna Boulevard development would allow the council to shift the showgrounds to the Agro-Trend site.
Mr Byrne said the council planned to spend about $1.5 million on the new athletics complex.
He said the decision over facilities in the rest of the park would be part of the process of the council’s sport and recreation plan.
Bundaberg Regional Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said other big-ticket items in the plan for next year included upgrading the Gin Gin wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $4 million.
The Kalkie treatment plant would be upgraded at a cost of $500,000, and $1.5 million would be spent on sewerage infrastructure in the coastal areas.
Cr Pyefinch said $700,000 would be spent on the former Isis Shire’s water allocation, and $4.2 million on the upgrade of the Gin Gin main street.
The council planned to spend $1 million on work at the Cedars Road landfill site.
Cr Pyefinch said all the planned funding was still provisional, and would have to go through the budget process next year.