Councillor for Deagon Ward Jared Cassidy has said the 2017 Brisbane City Council Budget has focussed on the upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive and the metro project at the expense of local projects like the Brighton Foreshore upgrade.

The upgrade of the Brighton Foreshore has now been put on hold for six years after funding was originally promised by the Lord Mayor in 2011.

“Plans were drawn up and community consultation carried out before the funding was pulled to deal with flood reconstruction following the 2011 floods” Cr Cassidy said.

“That work has long been finished and Brighton deserves the upgrade it was promised”.

“The Shorncliffe Pier project came in over $5 million under budget and the $2 million fountain for Dowse Lagoon was cancelled last year. Council has the funds to allocate to this project, we just need the Lord Mayor to do it”.

“I will keep fighting to ensure our area gets its fair share”.

While the lack of funding for the Brighton Foreshore is disappointing, a number of other projects have received funding, including road resurfacing, kerb and channelling, park infrastructure, local drainage and waterways maintenance.

“I’m pleased to have secured funding for a large number of road resurfacing projects around the Deagon Ward this year”.

Road resurfacing projects include:

  • Albury Street, Deagon
  • Alexandra Street, Sandgate
  • Bayview Road, Brighton
  • Bracken Ridge Road, Sandgate
  • Cherry Street, Brighton
  • Conroy Street, Zillmere
  • Crowley Street, Zillmere
  • Derrls Lane, Sandgate
  • Downlands Place, Boondall
  • Ferguson Street, Brighton
  • Groth Road, Boondall
  • Handford Road, Zillmere
  • Hayman Street, Boondall
  • Lagoon Street, Sandgate
  • Lindeman Street, Boondall
  • Lunn Street, Sandgate
  • Mirriam Street, Boondall
  • Padua Place, Boondall
  • Paul Street, Brighton
  • Regency Street, Brighton
  • Rensburg Street, Brighton
  • Sarah Street, Deagon
  • Saul Street, Brighton
  • Saxby Street, Zillmere
  • Stubbs Street, Brighton
  • Utalong Street, Deagon
  • Ward Street, Sandgate

“We will also see a $60,000 school safe upgrade to improve safety for students walking or riding their bikes to St Flannan’s School in Zillmere, something the school community has been working hard to address”.

“We have also secured funding for a number of large park upgrades – Cassia Place Park in Taigum, Brighton Foreshore maintenance and over $500,000 for a major rebuild of the toilets at Frank Doyle Park (Baxter’s Jetty) to ensure full disability access”.

“It’s great to work with Zillmere locals to have a real win for their local community with over $400,000 towards new outdoor gym equipment at O’Callaghan Park”.

“Funding has also been allocated to complete stage 2 of the Palm Avenue drainage project which will complete the work that has been carried out over the last couple of years to address flooding”.

“There is also additional funding for waterways management to continue the work started last year with local sites, including Cabbage Tree Creek at Depot Road, Lemke Road and Roghan Road and also the Zillman Waterholes at Sandgate Road”

“I have been successful in working with and securing funding once again for a wide range of community events.  These include the Einbunpin Festival, Bluewater Festival, Christmas in Sandgate, South Pacific Islander Christmas, Music by the Sea and Sandcliffe Writers Festival”.

“Funding has been earmarked for the new Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and local residents will have an opportunity to contribute to the concept designs in the coming months”.

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