sWhat the budget means to your area

By YVONNE McLEAN

ROBINA-based councillor Jan Grew (Division 1) described Cr Molhoek's document as a "great budget", one that recognised among many issues the need for libraries and their facilities to be of world standard.

Libraries with their opportunity for the enrichment of knowledge have been wellserved in the 2005-2006 budget.

For Robina Library, Cr Grew has gained major funding of $400,000 for the planning and design of extensions.

"It's wonderful news for me to tell the community," she said.

Better still, Cr Grew has won a commitment that $5 million will be available for library construction in next year's budget.

From her division funds, Cr Grew has allocated $25,000 for design work for a new building, a 'green room' for rehearsals and additional dressing rooms to complement the community centre.

Also, a number of playgrounds will be refurbished and sports clubs will be upgraded. Cr Grew will also sponsor Excellence in Arts Awards to all schools in her division.

In Division 12, Cr Greg Betts has made significant allocations for his division with Burleigh Heads as its picturesque heart.

A sum of more than $30,000 goes to barbecues and picnic tables at Rudd Park, he will contribute $40,000 towards the cost of an access ramp from the Gold Coast Highway to the lower Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads. A sum of $35,000 goes to an investigation into a one-way treatment of The Esplanade at Burleigh Heads.

There will be more car parks and bike racks at entries to flagged beach areas; removal of cenre islands at the cul-de-sac heads in Kingi and Karri Courts, Burleigh Heads; a beach volley court at Rudd Park; bushland management at various locations and $15,000 set aside for worthy donations.

In Cr McDonald's Division 13, the focus is on upgrading parks, footpaths and constructing kerb and channelling.

The division, taking in Plam Beach, Elanora and part of Tallebudgera wiill benefit by Cr McDonald's allocation of $40,000 for improvements to Schuster Park at Tallebudgera.

The community's advice on the style of improvements will be sought.

Wonga Park in the Old Burleigh Estate also gets a big lift with $30,000 going to upgrading.

Also with Cr Chris Robbins, Cr McDonald will commit $15,632 to the employment of a shared part-time liaison officer.

A sum of $20,000 has been allocated to convert the car parking area at Tallebudgera Creekfron to bushland. A substantial amount of funding goes to work to upgrade footpaths and kerb and channelling.

In the southern division 14, Cr Chris Robbins said the liasion officer whose time she will share with Cr Daphne Mcdonald was in her opinion one of her most important budget initiatives.

"This officer will assist community groups and sporting organisations with grant applications and governance matters and help them to acquite benefits they are entitled to," she said.

Already, Cr Robbins has allocated $63,000 for more car parking bays on the Pacific Parade, Bilinga, foreshore.

An amount of $32,500 is her divisional contribution to the Whole of City drainage plan for Monday Drive, Tallebudgera.

A sum of $25,000 is for kerb re-alignment and traffic islands for a pedestrian reguge in Tomewin Street, currumbin and $30,000 has been allocated for a right-hand turn lane at Charlotte Street on Coolangatta Road.



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