Renee Pilcher

$75m good news only, says Dyne

MAYOR Ron Dyne yesterday shot down rumours that a $75 million upgrade plan for the Tin Can Bay army training area could be a prelude to relocating Enoggera Army Barracks to the Cooloola Coast.

Cr Dyne was addressing the general business session of yesterday's Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Committee meeting, after a Defence Department briefing.

He told councillors the $75 million package was good news for council and the Bay, but no more than that.

“Since they're spending $800 million to refurbish Enoggera, it seems unlikely they are about to replace it with a $75 million project (at Tin Can Bay),” he said.

With the Enoggera Barracks in the heart of one of inner-Brisbane's prime residential areas, the prospect of a big shift to Tin Can Bay has been the subject of much hopeful speculation in recent years.

Cr Dyne said the Camp Kerr upgrade at Tin Can Bay would include new accommodation blocks and a new range area.

“It may be an opportunity for council to tender for road building, but that would have to be part of an open competitive process.

“We expect it will be funded by 2013,” he said.

Cr Dyne said one of the rumours which he asked about involved a suggested plan to have the Coast house 400 married defence force personnel at Tin Can Bay.

“But they told me this would not work because Tin Can Bay is too far from where the soldiers would work, at Enoggera.”

Councillors appeared to welcome the news, which would be a significant economic stimulus for the Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach economy, especially as far as construction work is concerned.

Camp Kerr is regularly used as a base for training soldiers before deployment.

Gympie Times


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