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Roads key focus in Redland City Budget

Redland City Council will spend $20 million on capital road projects throughout 2013-14 – including an increased focus on resurfacing local roads.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the roads program announced in today’s (June 27) 2013-14 Redland City Council Budget, would lay the foundations for the future of the city.

“An extra 45,000 residents are expected to call the Redlands home over the next 20 years, so it is important our local road network is able to safely and effectively transport people throughout the city,” she said.


“The 2013-14 Budget significantly increases expenditure for roads resealing and surfacing as well as several safety upgrades to key local roads and intersections.
“Residents have told us roads and road safety are key concerns to them. We have listened, and we have responded, as a good Council should.”

Infrastructure spokesman Cr Murray Elliott, (Division 7), said many of the city’s roads had been built 30-40 years ago and were now nearing the end of their useful lives.
“Council has developed a 10-year program to upgrade roads across the city,” he said.

Cr Elliott said an 82 per cent increase for resurfacing works to $7.5 million and $2 million for pavement rehabilitation were significant, particularly given the external economic challenges the Council faced in framing its Budget.

“Everyone hates potholes,” he said. “Our Budget looks after the assets we have and will keep them in good working order. It delivers a program that will ensure we have a safe, efficient and effective road network and that our city continues to develop.”
The key road projects include a $1.4 million roundabout at the Nelson and Main Road intersection, Wellington Point and a $1.5 million project on King Street, Thornlands.

The island communities will also benefit from the upgrades, particularly given Council’s $2 million commitment to roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Coochiemudlo Islanders will benefit from a $400,000 upgrade of Merindah Street.

Key capital road projects for 2013-14:

  • $7.5 million – Resurfacing works across the City
  • $2 million – Pavement rehabilitation across the City
  • $1.5 million – Roundabout at intersection of King Street and Baythorn Drive (Thornlands)
  • $1.4 million – Roundabout at intersection of Nelson and Main roads (Wellington Point)
  • $2 million – Southern Moreton Bay Islands roads upgrades
  • $600,000 – Salisbury Street (Redland Bay) kerb and channel
  • $600,000 – Fitzroy Street (Cleveland) kerb and channel
  • $550,000 – Queen/Wellington streets (Cleveland) road upgrade
  • $400,000 – Merindah Street (Coochiemudlo Island) road upgrade
  • $389,000 – Wellington/McCartney streets (Ormiston) kerb and channel
  • $312,000 – Four safe school travel (SafeST) initiatives at Birkdale State School, Bayview State School (Thornlands), Redland Bay State School and Star of the Sea School (Cleveland)
  • $60,000 – Weippin Street (Cleveland) pedestrian refuge
  • $50,000 – Bloomfield Street (Cleveland) pedestrian improvements
  • $35,000 – Rosewood Street (Birkdale) intersection upgrade

Road maintenance program to be reinstated

The State Government has responded to pressure from Redland City Council and local MPs and will reinstate its aesthetic maintenance program for State-controlled roads.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams applauded the government for listening to the people. Council ended its contracting services when the Government withdrew funding.

“We received scores of complaints from residents about the overgrown verges on State-controlled roads which had been ignored when the decision was taken to discontinue the aesthetic maintenance program to save money,” Cr Williams said.

“The axing of the aesthetic maintenance program affected our whole community, and all Redland City Councillors have actively advocated on behalf of their divisions to have the decision reversed.

“I wrote to Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson and Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Director-General Neil Scales to express our significant concerns.

“The issue was also raised with our local MPs – Peter Dowling (Redlands), Steve Davies (Capalaba) and Mark Robinson (Cleveland) – who strongly supported our stance.

“I am pleased the government has listened. This is a classic example of people power achieving a great result for our city.”

Cr Williams said Council was not willing to sit back and have state-controlled roads ignored and become eyesores.

“As well as writing to express our disappointment that the program had been slashed and our concern that road verges were allowed to become overgrown and an eyesore, we did mow some of the worst-affected areas, despite it not being our responsibility,” Cr Williams said.

“Council looks forward to working closely with TMR on our joint maintenance responsibilities.”

Councillor Paul Bishop (Division 10 – Birkdale/Thorneside), who took to the streets with his own mower in the lead-up to Australia Day, said business, residents, local, state and federal government had a role to play in the community.

“When everyone works together we can achieve so much. It’s good to see the State Government has agreed to continue playing its part in helping to deliver community expectations by funding roadside maintenance,” he said.

Councillor Lance Hewlett (Division 4 – Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island), who also voiced his concerns directly to TMR, applauded the decision and thanked Mr Dowling for his strong support to restore funding.

“I have fielded many complaints from residents over the past nine months about excessively long grass, roadside rubbish and litter and just the overall poor quality of maintenance when it was done by TMR contractors,” he said.

“This decision will ensure State-controlled roads such as Colburn Avenue and Cleveland-Redland Bay Road will be maintained more regularly and to the higher standards set by Council.

“The restoration of work will also reduce litter and rubbish build-up on these roadsides.”