Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson was delighted with today’s budget announcement of funding to relocate Coolum Police Station to South Coolum Road adjacent to the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Ms Simpson has campaigned for a permanent home for Coolum’s Police Station to replace the temporary site which has been leased since 2005.
In 2012 the Queensland Police Service secured a 6,000m2 parcel of land, adjacent to the Queensland Ambulance Service from the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The land is sufficient in size to accommodate a fire facility in the future to provide a single “one-stop shop” facility for all emergency services.
“The new site provides better access to the Sunshine Motorway and is close to the Coolum State Primary School,” Ms Simpson said.
“I’m delighted that funding has now been released for a long-term solution to Coolum district’s policing needs.”
Ms Simpson said that this year’s budget includes a capital spend of more than $1.5 billion in the Sunshine Coast region alone.
“I am pleased to see further funding announced for the Bruce Highway upgrades between Caboolture and the Sunshine Motorway interchange,” Ms Simpson said.
“This will include ‘six laning’ works and two new interchanges from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway and interchange upgrades between Caboolture and Caloundra.”
· $24.5 million to commence Stage 1 of a two-stage $1.134 billion, upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, which is jointly Australian and Queensland Government funded.
· $80.3 million from the Australian Government for the $195 million program of interchange upgrades between Caboolture and Caloundra.
“The Sunshine Coast region also wins $12 million to prepare schools for the transition of Year 7 into high school next year.”