Beach community centre go-ahead

RAINBOW Beach residents will soon have their long awaited community centre at the vacant Centreblock, the scene of years of promises but no results.

Gympie Regional Council Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen yesterday welcomed the announcement of $406,000 federal funding for the project.

“We have a draft plan which has been developed through community consultation, under the former Cooloola Shire Council and more recently under Gympie Regional Council,” he said.

“There has been a small group that came up with plans for the building and environs.

“It’s something the community has been wanting for a long time and certainly we’re glad to see it coming together,” he said.

“This is going to be a good outcome for Rainbow Beach. We’ve got an initial design which has been pretty well received.”

Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese announced the funding yesterday, along with other projects in the near-Gympie area.

“The Rudd Labor Government will provide nearly a million dollars for six ready-to-go community infrastructure projects on the Sunshine Coast and around Wide Bay,” he said.

The new funding would help upgrade local community facilities in Rainbow Beach, Nambour, Maleny Caloundra and Cooroy.

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