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LM Budget invests $68m on asset maintenance

19 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will continue his investment in essential maintenance for the city’s assets in his 2014-15 Budget.

Cr Quirk said his investment of $68 million in asset maintenance around the city included $10.9 million for bridge and culvert rehabilitation, and $5.1 million for stormwater drainage rehabilitation.

Cr Quirk said in addition to this spending his commitment to upgrading and maintaining Brisbane road resurfacing continues in his 2014-15 Budget as well as $17.4 million for footpath reconstruction.

“Our roads are one of our most critical assets which is why I have again made an annual commitment of $60 million for road resurfacing,” he said.

“This funding maintains my commitment to continually invest in road network resurfacing across Brisbane to deliver safer, smoother roads.”

He said a commitment of $5.1 million had been made for important stormwater drainage rehabilitation works across the city to ensure the impacts of flooding are minimised.

“Works will include replacing damaged pipes, extending the life of assets through relining, and repairing damaged inlets and outlets,” Cr Quirk said.

“Major works will be carried out on Bulimba Parade in Bulimba, Beatham Street in Sandgate, and Cordelia Street in South Brisbane, representing an investment of $2.3 million for these projects alone.”

He said an investment of $1.6 million had been made in 2014-15 for fire preparedness activities including establishing and maintaining fire management infrastructure, reducing fire hazards and wildfire suppression.

“A $363,000 commitment has been made in 2014-15 to carry out works at Mt Coot-tha Reserve to ensure this area is managed appropriately to reduce the risk of potential fire activity,” he said.

“An investment of $1.7 million has also been made for the construction of a new SES depot at Richlands which is vital to supporting Council in a serious event or natural disaster such as bushfires.”

Cr Quirk said his investment of $1.5 million to reconstruct stormwater inlets (gullies) around the city would ensure stormwater is captured from roads and bikeways making them safer for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

“The works include reconstructing failing inlets and replacing existing infrastructure such as grates that causes safety issues,” he said.

Cr Quirk said a commitment of $3.3 million has been made to maintain adequate access for Brisbane’s parks for residents and visitors to make the best use of our public spaces.

The investment includes $356,000 for works at Perrin Park in Toowong, $297,000 for Warren Ritchie Memorial Complex Park in Ellen Grove and $279,000 for Crosby Road Park in Albion. .

Cr Quirk said many of the investments made in asset maintenance would improve safety, as well as ensure the longevity of the city’s assets.

“My $17.4 million investment in maintaining the city’s footpaths will improve safety for residents to move around their neighbourhood with ease,” he said.

“We are also maintaining the safety of our bridges and culverts with a $10.9 million commitment for works on structures including the Walter Taylor Bridge, Enoggera Creek Bridge, and Walton Bridge.”

In the 2014-15 Budget $1.4 million has been committed to sea and river walls maintenance across the city.

“This work will provide structures that improve the use of, access to, and the protection of Council land adjacent to Brisbane’s creeks, river and bay,” Cr Quirk said.

“This includes $472,000 for works at the City Botanic Gardens and $257,000 for emergent rehabilitation works around the city to maintain safe community access and use of areas adjacent to the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.”

The Lord Mayor has invested in the revitalisation of the Queen Street Mall, with a $1.2 million commitment to the project.

“The Queen Street Mall is Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall and I want to protect and build on that reputation,” he said.

“I have committed $1.2 million for a visioning process to revitalise the Queen Street Mall which will help increase the economic vitality and maintain the appeal of Queen Street.”

The city’s suburbs will continue to benefit from programs which improve local areas, with Cr Quirk committing $9.2 million to Brisbane Improvement Projects (BIPs) and Suburban Centre Improvement Projects (SCIPs).

“The SCIPs program operates with local businesses and stakeholders to deliver streetscape improvements that enhance amenity, identity, safety and accessibility,” he said.

“This program is vital for the revitalisation of local suburban hubs to stimulate economic activity and attract investment at these locations.

Cr Quirk said the iconic Riverstage venue would receive a major upgrade to its goods lift in 2014-15, with $218,000 committed to the project.

“Currently the back stage areas at the Riverstage can only be accessed via stairs, but the upgrade will involve a dual purpose, allowing both heavy goods and patrons who are unable to use stairs to access the backstage and roof top areas,” Cr Quirk said.

“The works will involve a 400kg capacity lift being fitted to the rear of the Riverstage building.

“The Riverstage has been in operation since 1988 and is used for up to 24 concerts per year, as well as community events such as the Lord Mayors Christmas Carols and corporate events.

“The venue has a capacity of 9000 people and hosted the farewell concert from Brisbane band Powderfinger and has hosted world famous acts such as Blondie, Daft Punk and Foo Fighters as well as the Queensland Opera, Queensland Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and is due to host Lorde in July.”

Highlights from the asset maintenance and renewal program include:
• $60 million for road resurfacing
• $17.4 million for footpath reconstruction
• $10.9 million for bridge and culvert reconstruction and rehabilitation
• $9.2 million for BIPs incorporating SCIPs
• $3.3 million for park access assets maintenance and rehabilitation
• $5.1 million for stormwater drainage rehabilitation
• $1.5 million for gully reconstruction.

Cr Quirk said the $2.9 billion 2014-15 Budget was focused on delivering value for money Council services. [Ends] June 18, 2014

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