Centreblock plan green light

Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne.
Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne.

RAINBOW Beach will soon have its first real community hall, with Gympie Regional Council plans moving forward for long-awaited construction on the township’s vacant Centreblock.

Community groups for years have had to prevail on the good will of religious or sporting groups, including the Good Shepherd Church and the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, for meeting venues.

In an item published locally in the Rainbow Beach Community News, Cr Graham Engeman said council was calling tenders for building plans and had set aside $1.5 million in council’s 2010-11 budget.

Mayor Ron Dyne confirmed significant progress on the project yesterday but said council did not yet know how much it would cost.

“We have stimulus package money of $406,000,” he said, adding that a start had been made with a call for architect’s plans for the building.

Cr Engeman said the development of plans would be a first step and followed a local committee meeting of community members in 2009.

He said Cr Dyne had promised the structure would be built “in the current term of office.”

Yesterday he said the project had been allowed for in forward planning from previous budgets.

The Mayor said that funds had been allocated for architectural plans but the full cost of the project would not be able to be estimated until they were finalised.

He expected it would cost “about a million (dollars).”

Proposals for the future use of the large CBD Centreblock area have been kicked around by council and community group members for years, with architectural plans for one large and ambitious structure prepared but never proceeded with, under the Mick Venardos administration of the previous Cooloola Shire Council.

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