LANDMARK PROJECTS FEATURE IN $13.13 MILLION REVITALISATION PROGRAM
Landmark projects that will drive the revitalisation of Beaudesert to boost the region's economy are key initiatives in Scenic Rim Regional Council's $13.13 million Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages Program in 2019-20.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the $10.72 million expansion of Beaudesert Business Park, funded with a $5 million contribution from the Queensland Government under the Building Our Regions Fund, will provide economic benefits that will flow across the entire Scenic Rim.
"This project will further develop business and community infrastructure and help create more opportunities to retain and expand existing local businesses and drive the attraction of new industries, strengthening the local economy and generating jobs growth in the region," he said.
"This 11-hectare site in Enterprise Drive will expand the existing business park, making more industrial land available for small to medium-sized industry, with a range of lot sizes up to 5000m2, some of which can be amalgamated to form larger lots.
"When fully developed, the Beaudesert Business Park will be a significant contributor to our regional economy, supporting the larger scale enterprises situated at the Bromelton State Development Area."
In addition, the revitalisation of Beaudesert Town Centre includes a $1 million investment by Council in the first stages of improving both traffic movements in Selwyn Street and $550,000 towards improving the town centre drainage.
Recognising the evolving role of libraries, $200,000 has been allocated in 2019-20 for the investigation and design of a community hub/library at Beaudesert, through funding support sourced from the Queensland Government's Maturing Infrastructure Pipeline Program.
Council's success in advocating for funding also secured $109,238 for 2019-20 from the Australian Government's Safer Communities Fund for lighting at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre, Tamborine Mountain.
Cr Christensen said Council was committed to fostering Vibrant Towns and Villages as a key outcome of the Scenic Rim Community Plan.
"This is not an exercise in beautification - there is a direct correlation between proactive revitalisation of public spaces into vibrant places resulting in enhanced economic growth, jobs creation and community vitality," he said.
"In all of our Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiatives, our objective is to deliver a built environment which resonates with residents and visitors alike and which also yields an economic dividend for our communities."