July 15, 2022
Years of lobbying by Cherbourg councillors to visiting government officials has paid off, with $248,929 funding approved this week to allow planning to start for a new Community Centre and Council Office complex.
Cherbourg’s cramped Council building has been obvious when dignitaries – including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk – visited the community in recent years.
On Wednesday, Council hosted another official visit, this time by a delegation from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
They brought Mayor Elvie Sandow the good news that Council’s application for funding under the State Government’s 2022-24 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program had been approved.
The funding has been advanced for planning for the “Cherbourg Community Centre and Council Offices” project.
The proposal is to build a new complex in Barambah Avenue.
CEO Chatur Zala said this Stage 1 funding was for initial planning and costing of the new centre.
“This will take us six to nine months of drafting, planning and community consultations as to what the centre will look like, what the needs are for the community and the overall funding needed to get the project out of the ground,” he said.
He said councillors had made it “crystal clear” at their meeting this week that the multipurpose centre would have to be able to meet all the community’s needs for the next 30 to 50 years.