Driving the regional economy, generating local jobs growth and delivering key infrastructure projects headline the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s $98.91 million Budget for 2019-20.
But what does this look like for local business? Read our summary of local business highlights below, and click here to read the Scenic Rim Mayor’s column on the budget.
EXPANSION OF PRIME BUSINESS PARK: $10.72m
The $10.72m Beaudesert Business Park expansion, co-funded with $5m from the State Government’s Building Our Regions Fund, will provide economic benefits for the entire Scenic Rim.
This 11 ha site in Enterprise Drive will expand the existing business park, making more industrial land available for small to medium-sized industry, with lot sizes up to 5000m2, some which can be joined to form larger lots.
INVESTMENT IN LOCAL ROADS: $11.98m
More than $2.7m of roadworks at Beechmont and $1m at Kooralbyn headline the $11.98m road construction program for 2019-20.
Key projects to upgrade roads to current standards for width also include:
- Edward Street, Beaudesert ($918,000)
- Christmas Creek Road, Christmas Creek ( $755,000)
- Meier Street, Peak Crossing ($636,000)
- Brookland Road, Allenview ($600,000)
- Josephville Road, Josephville ($568,000)
- Undullah Road, Kagaru ($534,000)
- Boyland Road, Boyland (440,000)
These investments and more reflect the invaluable role the Scenic Rim’s 1800km local road network plays in driving the regional economy.
INVESTMENT IN BRIDGES: $4M
Continued works to replace S Todd Bridge at Bromelton (additional allocation of $1.14m) and Josephville Bridge ($762,000) are key projects in Council’s bridge program, as well as the $780,000 upgrade of a culvert at Tarome.
Rehabilitation works across the region ($450,000) and improvements at Benstead Bridge, Tabooba and Fressers Bridge, Harrisville ($150,000) also included in the bridge program.
PROACTIVE REVITALISATION OF PUBLIC SPACES
We’ve seen revitalisation works carried out in the Boonah and Tamborine Mountain town centres, and now it’s Beaudesert’s turn! Aside from the business park expansion, Beaudesert’s revitalisation includes $1m towards improving traffic movements in Selwyn Street, $550,000 towards improving the town centre’s drainage and $200,000 to investigate and design a community hub/ library for Beaudesert.
Security lighting at Tamborine Mountain’s Vonda Youngman Community Centre is also funded in the Budget through $109,238 Council secured through the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund.
The revitalisation of these public spaces into vibrant spaces is anticipated to result in enhanced economic growth, jobs creation and community vitality.