Brisbane City Council’s 2012-13 budget was released Wednesday morning. It includes forecast revenue of $1.996 billion, and total expenditure of $3.110 billion (a deficit of $1.114 billion). Of that, $1.299 billion is capital expenditure, leaving an operating surplus of $185.5 million.
BCC’s expenditure on transport is via its ‘Moving Brisbane’ (PDF, 138 kB) program, projected to be $1.436 billion in 2012-13 (46.2% of all 2012-13 BCC expenditure). Of that, $1.199 billion (83.5%) will be spent on roads, tunnels, etc for cars, although some of this may include new, improved or replaced on-road cycling infrastructure. $194.1 million (13.5%) will be spent on public transport, and only $42.2 million (2.9%) has been dedicated to the active transport modes of walking and cycling.
The following table summarises this program’s projected 2012-13 expenditure:
|Moving Brisbane Sub-programs||Expense ($M)||Capital ($M)||Total ($M)||Total (%)|
|3.1 Promoting Active Transport||6.3||35.9||42.2||2.9%|
|3.2 Public Transport||120.1||74.0||194.1||13.5%|
|3.3 Transport Network||407.5||791.8||1,199.3||83.5%|
Of the $42.2 million allocated for the ‘Promoting Active Transport’ sub-program, a total of $26.6 million is identified as specific funding for cycling initiatives. This means BCC total cycling-specific expenditure during the forthcoming year will only be 1.85% of the BBC total transport budget. This pales in comparison to Council’s multi-million dollar expenditure on new and improved infrastructure for motorists.
Within this cycling-specific budget, $25.1 million will be on capital expenditure. In terms of their budgets, some of the larger cycling infrastructure projects include:
- Bicentennial Bikeway – Stage 3 at Milton ($6.7 million)
- Cabbage Tree Creek Bikeway – Stage 3 at Aspley ($1.8 million)
- Gateway North Bikeway – Schulz Canal Crossing at Nundah, Hendra, Eagle Farm ($3.6 million)
- Nicholson Street Bikeway at Greenslopes ($1.6 million), and
- Cubberla Creek Bikeway at Chapel Hill ($0.95 million).
The CBD BUG is pleased to note the following amounts will be spent on “Investigations and Preliminary Designs”, which is the start of a process for delivering new cycling infrastructure for some of Brisbane’s regions where cycling levels have been stagnating.
- CBD to Carindale ($100,000)
- CBD to Chermside ($250,000), and
- CBD to Wynnum-Manly ($250,000)
The complete list of BCC cycling projects can be seen in the budget’s Appendix of Schedules (PDF, 286 kB).