- Tuesday 17 June 2008
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre looks set to have a permanent place to call home after the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Strategy and Planning Committee recommended that the centre, via the State Government be offered a long term lease, at a peppercorn rent, over council owned land.
The State Government allocated $1.5 million to the project mid-last year and had requested a contribution from Council, in the shape of a parcel of land, to establish the centre at a permanent location.
Social Strategy Portfolio holder and Committee member, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, said that the Committee’s recommendation, which needs to be endorsed by the full council at this week’s Ordinary Meeting, will see negotiations between Council and the State get underway for a parcel of land at Bicentenary Lane.
“The Maleny Community and Cultural Master Plan, undertaken by the former Caloundra City Council and the community last year, identified Bicentenary Lane as a permanent site for the Centre – the land is held in freehold title by Council,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“Obviously with amalgamation and now a new Council, it has taken some time to revisit this issue and to begin negotiations with the State. However, we are keen to now get this project moving particularly as the State is providing the much needed funds for the centre itself.”
Division five Councillor, Jenny McKay, said the centre had played an integral part in the providing a range of human service to the Maleny community for many years.
“The centre has been in operation for more than 14 years providing a range of services to local residents, particularly youth support, from a range of rented premises,” Cr McKay said.
“During this time, the Centre’s management have been actively seeking land or a building to establish a permanent home – I hope that we can now make that happen as quickly as possible.”
The parcel of land earmarked for the Centre is currently occupied by Barung Landcare, However, plans are already underway for Barung to be relocated to the proposed Maleny Community Precinct. This relocation will shape the timing of the Centre’s ability to move to its new home.