Council votes to support Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce PCYC project

PCYC: The Chamber of Commerce steering committee is pleased with the outcome of today's council vote. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
PCYC: The Chamber of Commerce steering committee is pleased with the outcome of today's council vote. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

SCENIC Rim Regional Council has voted to send a letter of in principle support to the Police Citizens Youth Club to establish a facility in Beaudesert.

At today's general meeting Cr Michael Enright proposed the motion, saying he believed offering a letter of support was the appropriate way forward and commending Chamber of Commerce president David Kassulke and steering committee leader John Powell for their efforts towards establishing a PCYC at Beaudesert.

Mr Powell said he was pleased with the outcome.

"I haven't seen the letter but they have agreed to support it in principle," he said.

"I'm hoping it gives us what we need in order for PCYC to initiate their investigation.

"I'll be disappointed if the letter is not sufficient or clear enough for PCYC to take on board."

Cr Derek Swanborough proposed an amendment to the motion before the vote, suggesting that council also send a letter of thanks to Scenic Rim developer James Robinson, who had offered a parcel of land to be used for the community project.

Cr Enright and Cr Virginia West both questioned the relevance of adding the amendment to the motion.

Cr Swanborough said it was relevant because the availability of land made it easier for PCYC to carry out a feasibility study.

Cr Duncan McInnes said it was too soon to send a letter of thanks and Mayor Greg Christensen said he was not sure the amendment was fitting.

"I certainly would like to speak to the amendment," he said.

"I can't support, I don't support the amendment... part of the evaluation the PCYC have indicated they would do is what's an appropriate location.

"The appropriate location is not dependent on who might offer a footprint of land which, because it has not been offered to council I have no idea whether it's suitable, appropriate or satisfactory.

"Having availability of land, whilst it might be an interesting gesture it has no relevance to the considerations of the PCYC."

Cr Duncan McInnes said it was too early to send a letter of thanks, which could be seen as an indication that the land had been accepted.

Cr Swanborough said thanking James Robinson was appropriate whether or not the land was used.

"We have a local developer prepared to put the offer on the table, whether we are thanking him for the land or for the offer of land I think it's a good thing," he said.

"Council should encourage more people to do that sort of thing in the community, we'd all be better off."

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