Council endorses site for new community centre

Debbie Blumel at the site of the proposed North Shore Community Centre at Pacific Paradise. Photo: John McCutcheon
Debbie Blumel at the site of the proposed North Shore Community Centre at Pacific Paradise. Photo: John McCutcheon

It is still too early for long-suffering North Shore residents, who have been calling for a community centre for 10 years, to pop the champagne corks but they can probably buy a bottle in readiness.

Last week the Sunshine Coast council endorsed the North Shore Multi-Sports Complex as the venue for the proposed centre.

Divisional councillor Debbie Blumel said the council would have to apply for a material change of use but the centre would be next to the sports fields.

A decision came close once before when the former Maroochy council applied for a change of use for a site on Menzies Drive, Pacific Paradise.

The land was in trust to the council but Ms Blumel said the department of natural resources vetoed it because of valuable flora and fauna on site.

“After that site was refused, I asked council officers to identify all alternative sites in the area,” Ms Blumel said.

“Fourteen sites were identified and assessed against eight key criteria.

“We needed a highly visible location close to the local school and public transport. All these things add up to make it a true people’s centre.”

Council’s executive director for infrastructure services, Andrew Ryan, said co-locating the community centre at the sports complex was the best option.

“This option will require the reconfiguration of the existing sports fields, without any loss in the number of fields overall,” Mr Ryan said.

“In fact, it may rejuvenate the sporting complex.

“A master plan for this new site, taking into account both sporting and community use needs, will be undertaken before council lodges an impact assessable Material Change of Use application.

“Council also requested a further brief on the project including opportunities for community involvement in the design, construction and ongoing management of the centre.”

Ms Blumel said $3million would be sought to build the centre.

“It will be considered in the budget but I am confident a federal grant will be obtained,” she said.

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