Deagon Ward E-News
Special Budget Edition
The Lord Mayor handed down his yearly budget on Wednesday, June 12. I have included below a summary of some of the outcomes for the Deagon Ward.
Favourable outcomes for Deagon Ward residents are few and far between. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report some good news.
The community’s persistence has paid off in securing funds for traffic calming in Boondall and Brighton. For the past five years or more residents have been calling for Council to act on dangerous rat-running in the streets east of Sandgate Road in Boondall including Aberdeen Parade, Normanhurst and Lyndhurst Roads.
The efforts of you, the local community, through the petitions, surveys, community meetings and media pressure have finally convinced Council to allocate some funding to get this project started.
We have secured $189,000 in Boondall and $61,000 in Brighton for these projects.
Our community and multicultural festivals make our community a vibrant place and I’m very glad my request for festival funding for Christmas in Sandgate, Einbunpin Festival, Music by the Sea, Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Bluewater Festival, Pacific Islander Christmas and Zillmere Festival will continue.
Unfortunately, aside from the few positive results, the Lord Mayor’s 2019-20 Council Budget has once again focused on inner city projects at the expense of the forgotten suburbs.
Unfortunately major projects like funding for the Brighton Foreshore upgrade and fixing the Einbunpin Lagoon and progressing the masterplan for O'Callaghan Park at Zillmere seem to have been put in the slow lane.
Deagon Ward residents paid an incredible $35 million in rates in the last year and yet we only saw a return of $13.9 million in Council spending. That means $21 million has been paid in rates, but not returned in projects.
There is no question that your rates are disappearing to the inner-city, while projects like the Brighton Foreshore, Einbunpin Lagoon and O’Callaghan Park languish.
Despite the need for more funding for basic services like road resurfacing, this budget will see a significant reduction in the number of roads to be resurfaced.
In the 2018-19 financial year there were over 30 streets resurfaced in the Deagon Ward but in the 2019-20 financial year we will see that reduced to just 16.
This amounts to over $1.1 million less in road resurfacing than last year and what’s worse is that the suburbs of Taigum and Shorncliffe won’t see one single road or street resurfaced this financial year.
Road resurfacing projects this year include:
Brisbane’s forgotten suburbs haven’t fared much better when it comes to reconstructing damaged footpaths. Just 45 footpath reconstructions will occur this year and with a backlog of 750, this barely scratches the surface.
The total budget for footpath reconstruction in this year’s budget is $9,695,000. The Deagon Ward will get just $81,000 in funding to repair one footpath. This amounts to less than 1% of the budget.
Unfortunately, the Lord Mayor has allocated just four park upgrades in Sandgate, Brighton and Boondall. This means Deagon, Shorncliffe, Taigum and Zillmere have missed out on capital expenditure from the Lord Mayor on parks this year.
Overall, I believe this budget is a bad outcome for our community. However, I will continue to consult with the community about how to best to allocate the $560,000 in park and footpath funding allocated to each Councillor to ensure small projects can continue to roll out.
- Barclay Street, Deagon
- Beams Road, Zillmere
- Brighton Road, Sandgate
- Farrell Place, Boondall
- Handford Road, Zillmere
- Jalomy Street, Boondall
- Kirkhill Street, Brighton
- Macs Street, Brighton
- Meriden Place, Boondall
- Midyim Street, Zillmere
- Nathan Street, Brighton
- Paul Street, Brighton
- Silvan Road, Deagon
- Speight Street, Brighton
- Wiltshire Street, Brighton
- Zillmere Road, Zillmere
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