Services and sustainability are at the heart of Sunshine Coast Council’s $847 million 2022-23 adopted budget.
Mayor Jamieson said $273 million would be invested in job-creating local infrastructure projects which provided both economic opportunities for local businesses, and improved access to services and facilities for our communities across the Sunshine Coast.
The budget will also deliver a helping hand to pensioners, with all eligible pensioners benefiting from a 3.5 per cent increase in their pensioner rate concession.
Sole homeowners on full pensions will receive a $271 concession, which is an increase of $9.
Those on part pensions will also benefit, with their concession increasing to between $77 and $212, depending on whether they own the property solely or jointly.
Council’s $847 million budget includes:
- $162 million to maintain, renew and replace roads, pathways and stormwater assets
- $60 million for libraries, galleries, community facilities and community services
- $94 million for transport, stormwater and open spaces, servicing development applications, managing property and public health and planning for sustainable growth.
- $93 million to maintain, renew and replace council’s many parks, gardens and sporting facilities
- $52 million for environment programs and services, including beaches, foreshores, bushland conservation and clean energy
- $39 million for initiatives to support the resilience of our local economy and opportunities for local businesses, including major events and holiday parks
- $7 million for community events and grants
- $118 million on waste management services
2022/23 Minimum General Rate Notice
CHANGE IN RATES AND UTILITY CHARGES
Thanks to council’s extensive review of the differential rating model, we will lessen the impact of the State Government’s increased land valuations and the majority of property owners living in their home will remain on the minimum general rate of $1332.50 per annum – an increase of $63.50 per annum.
|Total Rates and Charges||2021/22 $||2022/23 $||Variation $|
|Minimum General Rates||1269.00||1332.50||63.50|
|240 Litre Wheelie Bin and recycling bin||316.80||332.70||15.90|
|Arts and Heritage Levy||13.00||16.00||3.00|
|Total Rates and Charges||1722.80||1806.20||83.40|
Property owners who already use the organics green bin collection service will see a $27 reduction in the collection fee from $62 to $35. This service will be rolled out to all eligible households from July 2022.
Key local projects in council’s $273 million Capital Works Program include:
- $23.5 million to reseal and rehabilitate council’s sealed road network, including Blackall Range Road, Woombye; Dulong Road, Dulong and Elizabeth Street, Nambour
- $14.4 million to construct a seven level multi-story carpark in the Maroochydore City Centre
- $12.8 million to finalise the upgrade of Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba including the new Mayes Canal Bridge
- $689,000 to progress the design works to upgrade Camp Flat Road, Bli Bli
- $650,000 to finalise design of cycle lanes along Karawatha Drive, Mountain Creek
- $520,000 to design lane upgrades at Johnston Road, Glass House Mountains
- $972,000 to finalise placemaking and streetscape works at Blackall Street, Woombye*
- $1,150,000 to finalise stage 2 streetscape works at Cribb Street, Landsborough*
Sport and recreation
- $882,000 to upgrade the off-road carparking facility at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina*
- $800,000 to upgrade multi-sports change rooms at the North Shore Sports complex, Mudjimba*
- $650,000 to upgrade the existing foreshore walking trail at Lake Weyba, Weyba Downs**
- $600,000 to replace and renew four tennis courts at the Eumundi tennis centre**
- $450,000 to replace the recreational play equipment at Quota Memorial Park, Nambour
- $5.3 million to begin construction of the new district library and community meeting space, Caloundra
- $4.2 million to begin phase 1 construction of the Kawana Waters regional aquatic centre master plan, Bokarina
- $750,000 to progress master planning of the Nambour administration precinct which will accommodate more than 200 staff as part of council’s broader regional workplaces program
Coast, Canals and Waterways
- $1.7 million to renew the sea wall groynes at Maroochy River Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore
- $1.6 million to renew revetment walls throughout the region
- $250,000 to renew revetment walls in response to the Bribie Island breakthrough action plan
*Proudly funded by the Queensland Government in association with Sunshine Coast Council.
**Proudly funded by the Federal Government in association with Sunshine Coast Council.
Council’s 2022-23 budget was adopted on June 23.