VISION: The interior of the old woollen mills building at North Ipswich that the Ipswich City Council has purchased for a future arts precinct.
VISION: The interior of the old woollen mills building at North Ipswich that the Ipswich City Council has purchased for a future arts precinct. Rob Williams

Here's what 2016/17 council budget means for you

Focus on library and parks

Division 1

A NEW library will be built at Springfield Central with $4 million set aside in this year's budget for the project and a further $11 million next year.

More cameras will be added to the Safe City network at Springfield Central and the remote control car facilities at Carole Park are set for an upgrade.

Money has also been set aside for a liberty swing at Robelle Domain Park.


Council funds sports ground design

Division 2

TWO intersections in Goodna and Gailes are set for a makeover.

Traffic lights will be installed at Alice and Albert Sts in Goodna and a turning arrow will be added at Old Logan Rd and Brisbane Rd, Gailes.

The council's budget has also set aside funding for pathway and park upgrades at four parks.

New lighting will be installed at the netball courts at Evan Marginson Park and there will be new goalposts at the rugby oval.

The council has also funded streetscape upgrades at Queen St, Goodna.


Redbank scores biggest road spend

Division 3

THE single biggest spend on roads will be in division three with $7.6 million allocated to widening Redbank Plains Rd between Cedar and Schools Rds.

Flood mitigation is also in focus with the council spending $1 million finishing a detention basin at Sandra Nolan Park in Redbank Plains.

That's on top of $700,000 from last year's budget.

Other projects include kerb and channel work at Joseph Street, Dinmore and Verrall Street, Riverview as well as kerb rehabilitation at Lawrie Drive, Collingwood Park.


Bundamba heats up

Division 4

RENEWABLE energy is coming to Bundamba; the council will spend $400,000 installing a solar heating and a wet deck at Bundamba Swim Centre.

The 50 metre pool is expected to be heated by late July making it available all year round. Revitalisation of the historic Blackstone Hill reserve at Mary Street is continuing with a $365,000 spend on signage, shelter and information displays.


Woollen mills to be transformed

Division 5

THE construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Pine and Lowry streets and a plan to transform the old woollen mills in North Ipswich.

The council will also spend $200,000 investigating whether the space can be used by artists, and as a market space.

Money has also been set aside for new field lighting at Alan Cumming Park, cricket nets at Tivoli Sporting Complex and improved car and trailer parking and pathways at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve.

Lighting will also be upgraded at Cribb Park and Blue Gum Reserve and there will be new kerb and channelling on Bremer Parade in Basin Pocket.


New roundabout at North Ipswich

Division 6

ROAD upgrades dominate the funding for division six with $1.6 million set aside to build a roundabout at the intersection of Pine and Lowry Sts, North Ipswich.

The council has also allocated $600,000 to finish the upgrade at Toongarra Rd where bike safe gates will be installed.

There will also be significant upgrades to walking tracks at Brassall, soon to be home to a new sporting ground with $100,000 set aside to the design. The stormwater system at Brassall will be upgraded and kerb and channelling upgraded on Simmons Rd.


Funding to light up parks

Division 7

JIM Donalds Parklands at Eastern Heights will start to take shape with $1.2 million allocated to the next stage of development.

Upgraded lighting at Mark Marsh Oval, refurbished change rooms at Bill Patterson Oval and works at Lions Lookout in Queens Park have also been funded.

The irrigation system at Woodend Park will be upgraded while Willey St Park and the BMX track at Moffat St has been allocated $625,000 to upgrade the canteen, install a new BMX start ramp and, upgrade the lighting and announcements facilities.

There will be streetscape improvements on Warwick Rd and Ginn St as well as fence repairs and improved drainage at Queens Park.


Tennis Centre expands

Division 8

PARKS and sports facilities across Division 8 will be boosted by yesterday's Ipswich City Council Budget.

Council has also allocated money for kerb and channel upgrades at Balaclava and Guilfoyle streets in Churchill along with streetscape improvements at sections of Warwick Road, Ripley Road and Ash Street.

George Alder Tennis Centre will be upgrades with two new Hot Shots courts at the Ernest St centre.

Field lighting will be improved at Jim Finimore Park at Old Toowoomba Road, Leichhardt and George & Eileen Hastings Sporting Complex at Chubb Street, One Mile.

Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate will receive new signage as part of a stage one upgrade, and new exercise equipment will be installed at public parks in parts of Leichhardt and Yamanto.


New $2.7 million bridge at Redbank Plains

Division 9

ROADS are in focus for Redbank Plains with the timber bridge at Hallets Rd, Redbank Plains to be replaced by a $2.7 million concrete bridge.

Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of School Road and Alawoona Street to improve crossing safety for school children. The revitalisation of Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve will enter a new phase with funding for new playground equipment and upgraded irrigation.

The four-lane upgrade of Redbank Plains Rd will also benefit residents in division nine and Springfield Central will become the new home of the division nine electorate office, currently at Raceview.


New Rosewood library funded

Division 10

CONCEPT and designs for the Rosewood library development at the corner of John and Railway streets has been allocated $300,000 in this year's budget.

The library will include high-speed internet, print and photocopying facilities, collaboration space, individual study areas and thousands of items to borrow. Road rehabilitation and sealing projects have also been funded including at Deebing Heights, Ironbark, Purga, Rosewood, Walloon and Willowbank.

There will be reconstruction work along sections of Queen St and Marburg Fernvale Rd worth $2.4 million. Ipswich Rd at Grandchester, the link between Rosewood Laidley Rd and Long Gully Rd, will be sealed at a cost of $1 million over two years.

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