Macleay and Russell islands residents are getting a smoother run and a fun park refresh thanks to two works programs funded by a COVID-19 recovery stimulus package.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said road green-sealing work on the islands and a renewal of the Jackson Oval Park play space on Russell Island had been funded under the second phase of the Australian Governmentâ€™s Local Roads and Community InfrastructureÂ (LRCI) program.
â€œThis Australian Government stimulus funding is over and above Councilâ€™s own stimulus spending program,â€ Cr Williams said.
â€œThe latest round of Redlands Coast-based projects approved under the second phase includes $621,500 for road green sealing on Macleay and Russell islands.
â€œThis work involves using a two-coat bitumen seal to suppress and manage dust and prevent the environmental impact of gravel loss from unsealed roads on the islands.
â€œIt will also improve stormwater management by reshaping roadside drains. Work is scheduled to continue to run through into November, weather permitting.â€
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the second island project funded under the LRCI program was a $214,000 renovation of the Jackson Oval Park play node on Russell Island.
â€œThe existing play equipment at Jackson Oval had reached the end of its usable life, so I am delighted to see the renewed play facilities for residents and visitors as well as the sporting groups that use the site,â€ he said.
â€œThe park renewal and the green-sealing are part of more than $5 million being invested in Redlands Coast community infrastructure under the funding.â€
The Australian Governmentâ€™s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority projects while supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australian Government has committed $5.3 million to works in Redlands City under the LRCI Program Phase 2.