A new meeting place for the North Shore community
  • Monday 12 September 2011

The nearly 10,000 residents of Maroochy North Shore and surrounds have today received a special gift, with the opening of the North Shore Community Centre.

The $4.2 million state-of-the-art centre, primarily funded by the Federal Government’s Regional Development, will be the community’s central meeting place, playing host to gatherings and events including concert performances, exhibitions, presentation nights, workshops, educational classes, play-groups, youth and senior citizens’ programs.

Major Projects Portfolio and local councillor Debbie Blumel, who is also Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Development Australia representative, said she had worked hard to attract the federal funding to the Sunshine Coast and to the North Shore in particular.

"Competition for federal funding of any kind can be fierce, but through my work with the RDA, and extensive discussions with Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean, I was able to secure the bulk of funding for this wonderful centre, which I am proud to open today," Cr Blumel said.

"The community has long sought this centre, which has been built with the latest in sustainable materials and systems.

"It features a multi-purpose hall with a stage and adjustable walls to create a host of different room styles. The building features rainwater tanks, solar power and automated climate control to minimise the use of air-conditioning.

"Outside, new turf and lighting has been installed for soccer and AFL matches.

"The North Shore Community Centre is opening on time and on budget, thanks to council officers working hand-in-hand with the centre’s management committee," Cr Blumel said.

Centre Coordinator, Shannon Embery, said the new centre was a dream come true for the area and its residents.

"Everybody has been coming forward saying we needed this centre for such a long time – and now it’s here," she said.

"Cr Blumel secured the funding and the money has come to this region – and to her division – for this badly needed centre."

Ms Embery said bookings and lettings for the centre would be taken as of Monday morning.