Town prepares for opening
IT has been a long time coming but, with a few finishing touches, the new Rainbow Beach community hall will be officially opened two weeks from tomorrow.
Those finishing touches are happening now and Mayor Ron Dyne says he is determined that, car park finished or not, the often-promised facility will open well before the March 31 election.
The previous Cooloola Shire Council conducted several studies and prepared at least two tentative and even quite grand designs.
But while the previous council did not ever reach the sod-turning stage of the project, it did lay a lot of the financial groundwork.
Councillors at the time attracted considerable criticism for socking money aside while increasing rates.
But the council's financial management success, acknowledged by the state auditor-general, allowed for projects that have also included major water supply and sewerage improvements at the Cooloola Coast.
The new multi-use hall, spacious and appealing in its design and colour scheme, will provide a new entry statement and community centrepiece for the town.
It will house a number of community services as well as giving Rainbow its first purpose-built community hall, lessening reliance on the generosity of the local Church of the Good Shepherd, in Carlo Rd.
And it will be by far the most visible of recent improvements to the Beach CBD.
"The hall will be a great asset to Rainbow Beach," Cr Dyne said yesterday.
"It's something people there have been agitating for, for a number of years.
"I'm proud that this is the council that delivered it."
The council library will be housed in it, along with the Rainbow Beach Community Information and Referral Centre, which organises community and medical services.