- Thursday 19 April 2018
The Coolum Community Centre building will become part of a new local community hub in conjunction with the Coolum Men’s Shed under a proposal approved by Sunshine Coast Council today (April 19).
With all former tenants of the building now successfully relocated to other facilities, the building will move from its temporary location in Jack Morgan Park to land adjacent to the existing Men’s Shed building at Research St, Coolum.
It will ensure the building remains available to the community and will open up additional open green space in central Coolum for recreational use, such as community events, under the endorsed Jack Morgan Park masterplan.
The community has formally identified the 2.6 hectare park as the civic heart of town and the masterplan will transform it into a safe, functional, high quality public open space that is comfortable, accessible and visually appealing.
Stage two of the masterplan, which is set to start construction in May, includes public lighting artwork, stone clad decorative wall seating, pathways, a shade structure, tables and seating areas and around 1600 new ground plants plus 20 trees.
An earlier proposal to relocate the building to land at the intersection of Jones Rd and Banksia Ave has been ruled out due to the cost involved with the renovation and refurbishment works required to meet public building standards.
Divisional Councillor Steve Robinson said he was delighted the building would be retained for community use.
“It’s also very pleasing that the skills of the Coolum Men’s Shed will create an opportunity for much-needed improvements to the building,” Cr Robinson said.
“I’m sure the community will welcome the increased open recreational space which will become available at Jack Morgan Park, taking some of the pressure off Tickle Park.
“It adds to council’s investment of more than $1.2m to date as part of the multiple stage Jack Morgan Park Masterplan and the $922,600 Coolum Library expansion.”
Council will transfer ownership of the building to the Coolum Men’s Shed, which has around 60 members, and cover the cost of moving and establishing the building in the Quanda Park precinct.
The Coolum Men’s Shed volunteers will then renovate the building to appropriate building standards and cover on-going maintenance costs.
The centre will remain available for broader community use with the Coolum Men’s Shed to manage the building and bookings.
Coolum Men’s Shed president Russell Lunn said acquiring the building would be welcomed by the men’s shed members.
“For us, this is a positive step that will help to ensure our longevity,” Mr Lunn said.
“We are also looking forward to welcoming other community groups to the new hub.”
Community Portfolio Cr Jenny McKay said today’s decision was a great outcome for the Coolum community.
“I have every confidence that the Men’s Shed will make this a great space for everyone,” she said.
The Men’s Shed leases its site from the State Government which has indicated support for the relocation.
It is anticipated the building will be moved in mid-2018 subject to weather and site conditions.
Image: Artist impression of the Jack Morgan Park upgrade.