IT, sports, safety and the environment are all looked after in Logan City Council’s budget handed down yesterday.

Council spin doctors are labelling it a budget “for the future”, honing in on the city’s projected growth over the next 15 years and the consequent need for upgrades and infrastructure.

In the short-term, council will spend up to $600,000 – $50,000 per division – on public spaces over the next 12 months and has allocated a further $1.8 million for the following financial year.

The money will go towards a city beautification program to refresh landscaping, paint murals and stencil concrete paths and areas.

Council will spend $50,000 over the next two financial years to extend a smart lighting technology (solar-powered) trial across the city.

A Construction Taskforce Team would be expanded to ensure better environmental protection, particularly in fast-growing suburbs including Park Ridge, Flagstone and Yarrabilba.

In the roads budget alone, there would be $8.8 million for a Wastewater Network Renewal and Improvement Program, $1.52 million for cleaning and maintaining culverts, stormwater gullies and open drains, $617,000 for cleaning 1375km of footpaths, and $115,000 to restore a Strategic Land Acquisition program to help unlock key development areas.

In terms of the environment, there would be innovative recycling, increased solar capacity and an expanded green canopy.

A state-of-the-art recycling facility at Browns Plains tops the agenda in collaboration with Ipswich and Redland councils, and Logan’s contribution will be $9 million.

The facility could process up to 60,000 tonnes annually of materials from yellow-lid recycling bins and significantly reduce landfill volumes.

Logan will also lead the way in recycling mattresses. More than 10,000 mattresses are dumped each year in the City of Logan with each one taking up nearly a cubic metre of landfill space, a figure that would be reduced by 98%.

A new recycling process will harvest nearly 10kg of scrap metal from each mattress along with shredded fabric and foam which also have recycling potential.

Mayor Darren Power said the City of Logan would be one of the first local governments in Australia to operate as carbon neutral.

“Our residents have always been passionate about recycling, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting our natural environment,” Cr Power said.

“We have led the way recently with a range of exciting environmental projects and council is strongly committed to continued investment in green initiatives.”

In terms of safety, Australia’s largest safety camera network will be expanded and upgraded.

The budget provides $250,000 to upgrade the safety camera wireless network which now features more than 1100 separate camera feeds from public spaces and parks.

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