Elliott Heads kiosk nearing completion
ELLIOTT Heads' new kiosk is nearing completion, nearly a month after construction was expected to be finalised.
New toilet amenities have been completed and are open to the public, but equipment delays have pushed the kiosk completion date past the initial end of May timeframe.
And while the new kiosk is now expected to be finished by the end of this month, tenders for the lease are now being sought and will remain open until mid-July.
A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said works on the new kiosk will be finished this month and council hopes to have the new facility operating in the near future.
"There was a delay with the internal fit-out of the new kiosk due to a number of items and equipment on backorder. Hence the slight delay," he said.
The spokesman said a tender for the lease of the kiosk is now open and will close on July 15 at 2pm.
"A management contract will be let through an open tender process to run the facility," he said.
"As it's a new facility in a new location, council called for tenders to lease the new kiosk.
"The manager of the existing kiosk is welcome to submit a tender."
Building of the new facilities began in February this year as part of stage one of the Bundaberg Regional Council's Elliott Heads Foreshore Masterplan.
Elliott Heads general store owners Vicki and Len Johnson want to see the new facilities utilised but said they felt, like many in the community, that the costs of the project could have been better spent.
"We would rather have seen the money spent on the actual river - it's a mess," Mrs Johnson said.
She said she felt the community had also been left in the dark when it came to being kept informed about the project.
"The locals keep asking us what's going on and we haven't been told," she said.
"Hopefully it does succeed; it's had a lot of money spent on it and we don't want it to become a white elephant."