Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander checks on the progress of the Gympie Neighbourhood Centre with Site foreman Cameron Hetherington and Mayor Ron Dyne.
Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander checks on the progress of the Gympie Neighbourhood Centre with Site foreman Cameron Hetherington and Mayor Ron Dyne.

Neighbourbood centre running on time

THE good news was that the construction site of Gympie's $2.67 million neighbourhood centre in Stanley St was not flood-affected.

The bad news is that flood effects on some materials suppliers had still caused problems for the project, which will also front Excelsior Rd.

But yesterday Q-Build site foreman Cameron Hetherington said he still expected to bring the project in, more or less on time.

"We're getting as much of the components assembled now, so they will be ready when the 80-tonne crane comes in to lift them into place," he told Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander, who visited Gympie as part of a mission to flood-affected centres throughout the Wide Bay Burnett region.

He said the role of the building as a resource for community groups was fitting, as these groups were a big part of Gympie's disaster resilience.

"If we don't stick together, we can't survive," he said.

Nick Montey, Ian Rogers, Tim Tubnor working on site at the Community Centre.
Nick Montey, Ian Rogers, Tim Tubnor working on site at the Community Centre. Tanya Easterby
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