The Tin Can Bay Jetty, a new fllod-proof bridge across the Mary River, the CBD transit centre renewal and a new Gympie library are some of the main projects which have gone missing in action over the years.
The Tin Can Bay Jetty, a new fllod-proof bridge across the Mary River, the CBD transit centre renewal and a new Gympie library are some of the main projects which have gone missing in action over the years.

WHAT HAPPENED? 5 major Gympie developments missing in action

NOT only do the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry, but so do major Gympie region projects with a number of high profile projects fading away into limbo

Here are five of the most prominent and heralded developments around the region that have disappeared into the aether.

 

Woolooga Solar Farm

Scott Armstrong had hopes for the proposed Lower Wonga Solar Farm to break ground in early 2018.
Scott Armstrong had hopes for the proposed Lower Wonga Solar Farm to break ground in early 2018.

SOLARQ'S proposed $2 billion, 800 megawatt solar farm at Lower Wonga was unveiled in 2017 as a boon that would deliver jobs and put Gympie on the map as a renewable energy leader.

Hopes were high, with the company wanting to break ground in 2018 on the heels of approval from Gympie Regional Council.

More than two years on, work has yet to start and inquiries from The Gympie Times late last year about its status went unanswered.

The development's website says four of seven milestones have been met, with an offer to connect with Powerlink still pending.

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Mary River bridge number three

A proposed third, flood proof bridge across the Mary Rive to solve the flooding access problems has been discussed since at least 2010.
A proposed third, flood proof bridge across the Mary Rive to solve the flooding access problems has been discussed since at least 2010.

Concrete plans for a new bridge across the Mary River have never been made, but it has been an in-demand item every time the river breaks its banks and cuts the Southside and Mary Valley off from the city.

At least as early as 2010 politicians were spruiking the need for better access across the river.

This has since been followed by three floods in 2011 and 2013, but access to the Southside remains only by way of crossing the Kidd and Normandy bridges.

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Tin Can Bay Jetty

A 20-decade fight for a new jetty at Tin Can Bay was dealt another blow last year when it failed to secure Federal funding. Photo Craig Warhurst / Gympie Times
A 20-decade fight for a new jetty at Tin Can Bay was dealt another blow last year when it failed to secure Federal funding. Photo Craig Warhurst / Gympie Times

THE controversial Tin Can Bay jetty proposal has been at the end of the council's line ever since the original one was demolished in the 1990s.

Ex Division 1 councillor Mark McDonald, a strong advocate for the jetty, campaigned for the project throughout his three terms in the seat.

Despite concerns in some parts of the coast community about the environmental impact the development could have, by 2014 the new jetty was being touted as shovel ready.

Cue 2020, and the water of Norman Point remains jetty free despite a multi-million-dollar spending spree by Gympie council and multiple funding streams made available by other tiers of government.

The latest snag was hit last year, where a request for Federal help to fund the jetty was knocked back.

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CBD redevelopment

A proposed transit centre and upgrades to the connectivity between Memorial Park and Mary St is in limbo.
A proposed transit centre and upgrades to the connectivity between Memorial Park and Mary St is in limbo.

GREEN space in the centre of town has been on the radar since at least 2014, when Gympie council began buying up blocks of land at Jaycee Way.

The project included a new bus stop and transit centre, along with a revamped walkway between this and Mary St.

But, like the jetty, a pitch for Federal funding to cover half the $1.6 million construction bill for the centre was turned down last year.

The ball is in the new council's court now, but already questions have been raised about when it could be delivered and whether it needs to be scaled back due to costs.

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New Gympie library

Plans for a new Gympie library have been floating around for a decade, and funding occasionally mentioned, but little movement has been made.
Plans for a new Gympie library have been floating around for a decade, and funding occasionally mentioned, but little movement has been made.

PLANS for a new library were first filed about a decade ago as part of a wider project including a new admin centre near the Civic Centre.

They were rarely checked out in the ensuing years, though, with debate over whether it should be a new building or mere expansion of the existing one occasionally popping into the public sphere.

The council's 2017-18 and 2018-19 budgets did propose $10 million in borrowings for the library in this financial year; the 2019-20 forecast had those borrowings pushed out to $5 million each in 2026-27 and 2027-28.

However, little other noise about the project has been made

Gympie Times


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