Budget allocates play equipment

NEW play equipment will be installed at three parks in the region, as detailed in the Gladstone Regional Council Budget 2010/11.

Parks and recreation projects will get $17.8 million in 2010/2011 with $1.5 million for upgrading the filtration system and pipes of the Gladstone Aquatic Centre, including removing the children’s swimming pool and constructing a water play area for children.

Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson councillor Gail Sellers said council had embraced the ‘Region of Choice’ philosophy and was now backing that 100 per cent through providing several sport and recreation programs this financial year.

Cr Sellers said children would benefit from the installation of play equipment in Hazelbrook Park at Calliope, Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands and Lions Park in Gladstone.

“And the Barney Point redevelopment proposal will be progressed with an allocation of $100,000 for the development of detailed designs and plans, and the approval process,” she said.

Cr Sellers said lifeguard services at Tannum Sands and Agnes Water beaches would continue to be funded on week days during the Christmas school holiday period.

She said council has funded the construction of public amenity blocks at the south end of Curtis Island and opted to move the amenity block at Turkey Beach for safety reasons. The renovation of the Calliope River day-use camping area was also planned.

“Funds have also been set aside for the realignment of the access road into Tondoon Botanic Gardens to enable maintenance vehicles to be separated from visitors’ vehicles and improve overall safety in the process,” she said.

Sewerage treatment plants at the public amenities blocks at Miriam Vale and Mt Larcom will also be upgraded.

Highlights

$490,000 for the progression of the Memorial Park redevelopment in Gladstone

$345,000 for the delivery and coordination of funding programs, including the sports field mower fund

$250,000 to complete an electrical upgrade at Marley Brown Oval, including the relocation of a light mast

$100,000 preliminary work on the Barney Point redevelopment

$40,000 to develop a master plan for Bunting Park and a feasibility study for a regional horse facility at Calliope

$15,000 to host the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand Conference in Gladstone

$140,000 master planning for a new cemetery at Calliope

$40,000 car park and landscaping at Port Curtis Cemetery in Gladstone

$25,000 to continue the development of the Agnes Water Shoreline Erosion Management Plan

Allocation of new off-leash dog walking areas and signage

Redevelopment of Boyne Tannum sports park



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