Council seeking community groups interested in Brightwater Community Facility
  • Thursday 21 April 2016
ImageLocal not-for-profit organisations are invited to demonstrate how their proposed services and programs will add value to the Brightwater community, through a Sunshine Coast Council expression of interest process.

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said as part of an agreement with Stockland, land had been set aside, diagonally opposite the shopping complex, to be used by the Brightwater community.

The expression of interest is the second phase in a process which began with community consultation in January.

“The Brightwater Community Facilities Land comprises 5000 square metres and was transferred to council in 2011,” Cr Dickson said.

“Through community consultation earlier this year, council has been made aware there is growing need for infrastructure to support and complement the existing residential, commercial and school infrastructure within this estate.

“Today’s decision is in the public’s best interest to allow council to invite expressions of interest from not-for-profit organisations to provide community services for the Brightwater residents.

“This process will aim to attract suitable community investment through a not-for-profit community-focused organisation which enables community facility development, management and use of the site.

“This process gives council the ability to deliver a community facility and attract additional community services and programs at no cost to the rate payer.”

Cr Dickson said it was important to note council would work in partnership with the Brightwater Reference Group to ensure the Expression of Interest process is representative of the community’s needs and desires.

“It is also the intention of the Expression of Interest process to provide a broad enough scope to prompt a variety of submissions that consider alternative and multiple community uses for the site,” Cr Dickson said.

“We are looking to attract a diverse range of innovative and dynamic solutions for the community’s benefit.

“The Expression of Interest process allows council the opportunity to prepare a short-list from respondents and invite written tenders from that shortlist.

“It should be noted that council may also decide not to accept any tenders it receives if they are deemed to be inappropriate for the zoning of the land and not in the best interests of the community.”

Interested not-for-profit community groups are invited to email or phone council’s Customer Contact Centre on 5475 7272 and ask to be connected to a Community Development Officer.