"Plan B” for Scenic Rim overhaul funding needed: mayor

DOLLARS NEEDED: An artist's impression of a proposed Tamborine Mountain village green upgrade part of the Vibrant and Energetic Towns and Villages masterplan. The Scenic Rim Regional Council failed to secure co-funding from the state government for Tamborine Mountain village green upgrades and Boonah town centre planned changes. Photo: File

DOLLARS NEEDED: An artist's impression of a proposed Tamborine Mountain village green upgrade part of the Vibrant and Energetic Towns and Villages masterplan. The Scenic Rim Regional Council failed to secure co-funding from the state government for Tamborine Mountain village green upgrades and Boonah town centre planned changes. Photo: File

PLANS to upgrade community precincts in Boonah and Tamborine Mountain have been put on hold as Scenic Rim Regional Council considers a “plan B” for project co-funding.

The move comes after council’s request to state government for further funding of its Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative was declined earlier this month for a second time.

The Boonah Town Square redevelopment and Tamborine Mountain village greens upgrades were two of 127 projects across the state which were shortlisted for the Building Our Regions funding, with both rejected for a share of $70 million available in the program’s third round.

The unsuccessful bid followed a failed attempt last year for $2.3 million in funding for the projects, which then included Beaudesert’s Davison Park redesign.

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Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said he was disappointed with the second failed bid, but was confident council could regroup to source the funding from elsewhere.

“In regards to this latest development, we will need to meet as council to evaluate the situation and create a plan B to continue the implementation program that our local communities both need and deserve,” he said.

“We’ll be doing that very soon and, at that point, will be able to provide everyone with a better understanding of the way forward.”

AWARDED: Architect John Mongard's designs for the Scenic Rim were awarded for their landscaping excellence last month by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. However, the accolades were not enough to help Scenic Rim Regional Council secure co-funding from the state government for two projects that are part of its Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative. Photo: File

AWARDED: Architect John Mongard's designs for the Scenic Rim were awarded for their landscaping excellence last month by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. However, the accolades were not enough to help Scenic Rim Regional Council secure co-funding from the state government for two projects that are part of its Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative. Photo: File

Cr Christensen said his co-funding hopes for both projects, costed at about $1.4 million for Boonah’s town centre and $1.1 million for all four Tamborine village green upgrades, were boosted by architect John Mongard’s win last month at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects state awards.

Mr Mongard’s Scenic Rim masterplans were awarded for excellence in landscape design.

“Having an award-winning plan for our town centres also reinforces the case for funding support from higher levels of government to deliver these projects,” Cr Christensen said.

"For example, the Beenleigh town square project, which was co-funded by the state and federal governments, won the civic landscape category at the same awards ceremony."

While about $43 million damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure was caused by the floods earlier this year, Cr Christensen said recovery efforts had not taken council’s attention away from the Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative.

He said about $1.5 million had been budgeted by council this financial year for town centre projects.

“It is certainly not the case that disaster restoration will see other significant projects put on the back burner,” he said.

“Long-term disaster restoration works will be delivered in parallel with our town vibrancy initiatives and other projects within annual capital works program.”

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