THE GOVERNMENT has announced $450,000 in grant funding for Scenic Rim Regional Council to develop a business case for the Beaudesert Library.
Minister for state development Cameron Dick announced Scenic Rim Regional Council’s share of the available $22 million under round two of the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.
“The proposed new library seeks to provide a vibrant community hub promoting connectedness, engagement, lifelong learning, participation and inclusion for the Scenic Rim community,” Mr Dick said.
“The interest from councils in the program has been significant.
“For the local communities this means building strong local governments with vital investment in early stage planning for projects.
“The MIPP is a $30 million program delivered across two rounds to mature infrastructure projects from promising ideas into solid proposals.”
Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the program helped councils deliver infrastructure their communities had identified as important.
“The Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program helps get these vital local infrastructure projects moving,” Mr Hallam said.
Mr Dick said the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program complements existing grant programs and will assist councils in determining their infrastructure priorities.
“This will better inform council submissions under the Building our Regions program, the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program and other project delivery programs and provide opportunities for Local Governments to also seek partnerships with the private sector to deliver regional projects,” he said.
Mayor Greg Christensen welcomed the announcement.
“This is good news for our region and recognition that Beaudesert is the central location for our regional community and is deserving of proper attention in this area for the future,” he said.
“Developing a business case for the Beaudesert Library is about looking at what we want to happen, how we might make it happen and how it stacks up.
“A structured review of our libraries in 2016-17 identified that there is a pressing need to develop a better solution for a future library in Beaudesert as this facility has the greatest demand in relation to increasing community size.”
Cr Christensen said libraries were rapidly changing in terms of the level of service and capability that they offer in this modern era.
“They are becoming less about racks and storage for hard copy books and much more about places for connectivity, community engagement and socialisation,” he said.
“The funding for the business case is greatly appreciated as it will allow us to explore how best to consider meeting the needs of our community for the next version of the library in Beaudesert.”