Council applies again for funding

PLANNED: Architect John Mongard

PLANNED: Architect John Mongard

The future of town centre upgrades in Boonah and Tamborine Mountain are back in the hands of the state government.

Scenic Rim council are in the running for a share of $70 million to go towards the two projects, in round three of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program.

The Boonah Town Square redevelopment and Tamborine Mountain Village Greens upgrade, along with the planned Davison Park redesign in Beaudesert, were unsuccessful in applying for $2.3 million worth of funding in round two of the program.

The rejection was a considerable setback for council and its aim to overhaul the three towns using a masterplan drawn up by landscape architect John Mongard.

At the time, mayor Greg Christensen said council was committed to the revitalisation and had already allocated funds across future years to further its vision.

"This is not an overnight process, it is a long-term journey, and I am excited by how the community has embraced the importance of creating vibrant and active towns and villages as part of our commitment to delivering on the shared vision of the community plan.”

A council spokesman said plans for the Davison Park redesign weren’t submitted the state government to be considered for round three of the funding program.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the projects in Boonah and Tamborine had been shortlisted out of a total of 127 projects shortlisted across the state.

“Detailed applications will open shortly and all councils will have to demonstrate compelling reasons for their projects to gain funding.”

The Bromelton State Development Area trunk water main has already been allocated $3.28 million under a previous round of Building our Regions.

Dr Lynham said he expected successful projects to be announced in mid-2017 with construction of these projects expected to start no later than 30 April 2018.