Funding for five ‘city-shaping projects’

Published 7:46am 29 January 2024

Funding for five ‘city-shaping projects’
Words by Kylie Knight

Five key projects in the City of Moreton Bay will now go ahead thanks to $45.53 million in funding from the SEQ City Deal Liveability Fund. They include projects at Caboolture, Bribie Island, Petrie and Redcliffe.

The deal means Council, along with the State and Federal Governments will evenly fund the ‘shovel-ready’ projects to support local jobs, while creating a ‘liveable city that will provide a legacy for future generations’.

City of Moreton Bay projects supported by the SEQ Liveability Fund are:

• Suttons Beach Pavilion Development - $19 million, with a $11.33 million contribution from the SEQ Liveability Fund

• Centenary Lakes Regional Playground - $10 million, with a $4.7 million contribution from the SEQ Liveability Fund and a $3 million contribution from the Federal Government’s Investing in Our Communities Fund

• Centenary Lakes Activation - $10 million, with a $6.7 million contribution from the SEQ Liveability Fund

• Bongaree to Woorim Active and Public Transport Network Connection - $5.7 million, with a $3.8 million contribution from the SEQ Liveability Fund

• The Mill Lakes Precinct Activation - $6 million, with a $3.65 million contribution from the SEQ Liveability Fund

Funding for five ‘city-shaping projects’

Boost for lifestyle

A council spokeswoman says the significant pool of funding, along with Council’s $15 million investment, will help enhance the lifestyle of residents and visitors.

“Our city plays an important role in the future prosperity not only of the southeast, but the entire state as we work to retain our liveability and affordability in the face of rapid population growth,” she says.

“The funding means Council can deliver these key projects while also freeing up funds to allocate to other community projects across the city.”

The Suttons Beach Pavilion Development works include the demolition and replacement of the existing pavilion structures.

Centenary Lakes will receive almost $20 million for an all-abilities playground and zero-depth splash park, along with active transport upgrades at Morayfield Road and a new shared pathway along Esme Ave, as part the Centenary Lakes Activation.

Bribie Island locals and visitors will benefit from a range of projects connecting the west and eastern sides of the island, including upgrades to the Bongaree Jetty, on-road cycle lanes, a footpath upgrade, as well as an accessible changing places facility at Woorim.

The Mill precinct at Petrie will be upgraded to include new paths and toilets, along with landscaping and carparking.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King says:

“The Australian Government is committed to improving our cities and regions to ensure a high quality of life, while delivering a region-shaping legacy with the hosting of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The SEQ Liveability Fund is another example of this commitment and is expected to benefit more than three million Queenslanders, with one in seven Australians living in the great south-east.

“I’m pleased to see a variety of projects submitted for consideration that will help unlock a stronger future for communities.”

Queensland State Development and Infrastructure Minister Grace Grace says:

“The SEQ Liveability Fund will give communities like Moreton Bay the opportunity to create better places to live through access to more open spaces, infrastructure that complements new housing or projects that support health and wellbeing.

“It’s great to see councils’ responses to this opportunity to boost local community and sport engagement in the lead-up to Brisbane 2032 and beyond.”

The SEQ Liveability Fund is one of the key projects being delivered under the $1.8 billion SEQ City Deal, a partnership between the Federal Government, State Government and Council of Mayors (SEQ).

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