State Budget Wish List

With the State Budget due to be handed down in less than a fortnight, Burnie City Council would like to see funding for key community infrastructure projects for the city included.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council has applied for State funding for a number of important projects which will benefit the city and the region, and we are hopeful they will feature in this year’s State Budget.”

“The Eastern CBD Enhancement and Pathway Project is aimed at rejuvenating the eastern end of Burnie’s CBD and features the provision of a shared pathway, as well as the development of a Coastal Promenade.”

“The shared pathway will provide linkages from Portside to the waterfront, allowing users to safely travel by foot or bicycle right through to the UTAS precinct at West Park. The Coastal Promenade will be developed on the eastern end of Burnie Waterfront Precinct, allowing pedestrian and cycling access, and will complete the final section of the Burnie Waterfront Masterplan.”

“This project will play an important role in revitalizing the CBD and connecting important pathways. Burnie’s waterfront development was designed to increase visitor activity and enjoyment of the area, as well as creating an iconic public destination with flow-on economic benefits.”

“Council believes these projects can also provide interim employment opportunities for workers displaced by the closure of Caterpillar, utilising their skills in design and construction.”

“This work will also complement the university development and build on the work which has occurred over recent years to create a city that is attractive for national and international students.”

“Council is also seeking funding for Stage Two of the Wivenhoe Recreation Ground Lighting Project. This project will signify the completion of a significant sporting infrastructure upgrade for one of the most utilized sporting grounds in the Burnie region.”

“Stage One has already been completed, which provided lighting for the harness racing track and to accommodate training on the Recreation Ground. Stage Two involves the installation of two 35m poles with associated flood lights to provide lighting to meet relevant standards for night football and cricket.”

“The completion of Stage Two will allow for increased activity that not only meets the needs of the Burnie community, but the wider region and neighboring towns. This ground will have the infrastructure to support regional and sub-regional sporting events and activities, which is a huge boost for the area.”

“The Montello Soccer Grounds Upgrade is another key item on Council’s State Budget wish list.”

“This project builds on a key objective of the Making Burnie 2030 community strategic plan, to be an attractive place to live, work and play. The project incorporates the expansion from the two current main playing pitches to five playing pitches for both junior and senior soccer, ensuring that the ground can accommodate both training and games for all age groups.”

“There will also be additional and improved lighting installed to improve player safety during training.”

“Sport is an important part of our community and with the popularity of soccer continuing to grow, this development has the potential to benefit a significant number of people within the community and the region – especially if the ground becomes home of the North West Schools’ Junior Soccer program.”

“Council has had many discussions with Ministers and the Department of State Growth in relation to the condition and maintenance of Mount Road, and we would like to see some funding for the upgrade of Mount Road included in the Budget.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net