Scenic Rim council budget to upgrade facilities including pools and libraries

POOL PARTY: Council said it will spend $70,000 on swimming pools at Beaudsert and Canungra. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
POOL PARTY: Council said it will spend $70,000 on swimming pools at Beaudsert and Canungra. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

AFTER the release of the 2020-21 budget this week Scenic Rim Regional Council has promised to spend money on upgrading facilities including swimming pools, community halls and cultural centres.

Council allocated $6.64 million in its 2020-21 budget, an increase from the $6.04 million provided in 2019-20, for community facilities.

Mayor Greg Christensen said council's planned spending on community facilities in the coming year aligned with the shared vision of the Community Plan for the Scenic Rim as a region of vibrant towns and villages with healthy, engaged and resourceful communities.

"Our community facilities are very much a part of the lifestyle we enjoy in the Scenic Rim," he said.

"The maintenance and renewal of facilities that support our arts and culture, community groups and sporting and recreational activities benefit the entire community and make our region such a great place to live."

The budget included $152,000 for community halls with an additional $244,000 for community hall upgrades funded by the Queensland and Australian governments' Bushfire Recovery Exceptional Assistance Grant.

Cr Christensen said grants also provided $415,000 for water access, for the installation of bores and tanks across the region to improve water availability for both council and firefighting operations, and $17,000 for improvements to the car park at Moriarty Park in Canungra.

Also allocated was $75,000 for equipment upgrades at the Boonah Cultural Centre and $56,000 will be spent on replacing shelving across regional libraries.

Council swimming pools at Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain were allocated $70,000.

Cr Christensen said council hoped to get funding under the Queensland government's Works for Queensland COVID Recovery Package for an electrical safety upgrade at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park and for infrastructure for libraries, as well as the maintenance of community facilities, waste facilities and parks and reserves across the region.

"Council is grateful for the funding support of the Queensland and Australian governments that will enable us to progress projects that will enhance the liveability of our communities and drives positive economic outcomes for our region," he said.