Major projects given the nod
  • Wednesday 13 August 2008

Following months of negotiation, Sunshine Coast Council can confirm that contracts for funding have been secured for two major infrastructure projects; the Maroochy multi sport complex community building and growing tourism in Glasshouse visitor/interpretive centre.

These projects initially received funding approval in September 2007 under the previous government’s regional partnership program. Council took the agreement on good faith and commenced construction. The funding contracts never materialised leaving, until now, council with costs for construction.

Funding was secured on 1 August 2008 from the Rudd Federal Government to the tune of $933,144 made up of $659,659 for the Maroochy multi sports centre and $273,455 for the Glasshouse interpretive centre.

Council’s corporate funding manager Ron Coyle explained that there were a number of criteria these projects had to meet to secure the funding.

“Council had to have already spent money on the project or entered into a commitment on a good faith basis,” he said.

“We also needed to be able to show that these projects were Community based, and not within the normal scope of Council works. Happily we were able to meet these, among other criteria and are able to now value add to what we have already achieved."