Council to build a home for PCYC next year
BUNDABERG Regional Council plans to begin construction on the first stage of a multi-purpose facility at the old showgrounds site on the newly named Civic Ave early next year.
The council has been in discussions with building designers and quantity surveyors to consider options for staggering the project.
Mayor Mal Forman said that as a first stage the council would like to develop a functional facility that would incorporate the PCYC.
The PCYC agreed to move out of its building and move into a building in Targo St so Bundaberg State High School could expand its area to cater for Year 7s.
But council attempts to get grants from the state and federal governments to enable the building to be built at the old Showgrounds venue were unsuccessful.
Cr Forman said the council could not wait any longer to start the project.
"The council's vision was to deliver a multi-use sports and community centre that supports long-term economic growth, strengthens community interaction, improves health outcomes and delivers essential natural disaster management and recovery capability," Cr Forman said.
But he said owing to funding constraints the council had revised the building plans and scope of works to start the first stage.
"Initially, the multipurpose facility will provide new facilities for the Bundaberg PCYC as well as sporting courts, catering area and car parking," he said.
"It is vital that this project proceeds as soon as possible to provide a facility to meet the changing needs of our local community."
Cr Forman said the council was committed to achieving a quality, multi-use building for the long-term use of the community and would do all it could to ensure that it could to deliver a functional complex in the constrained fiscal environment.
He said the council had committed $9.5 million in this year's budget to start stage one, and would continue to engage with state and federal government representatives to pursue funding for the building.Cr Forman said the council planned to call for tenders for work on the multipurpose facility in November.
It was hoped work would start early next year and the building would be finished by September.
The building had been designed so other facilities could be added on later.