Thursday, April 25, 2024

$8m boost for Isaac’s largest community space

A multimillion-dollar redevelopment for one of Isaac’s community centres will change the landscape in how events, education and training workshops will be delivered, Isaac Regional Council said in a statement today.

The Council welcomed an $8 million funding announcement to support the Moranbah Community Centre upgrade thanks to round one of the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund this week.

Isaac Mayor, Anne Baker said the centre was one of the region’s vital hubs which had hosted up to 700 social, business and larger community gatherings since 2018.

“This is a community-led project where we have consulted with our stakeholders and we are beyond excited to see this finally come into fruition,” Mayor Baker said.

“We’ll now be able to redevelop and refurbish the centre, creating even better spaces for the community.”

In a six-month period, the centre attracts nearly 7,500 through industry and community events, the Mayor said.

“Locals can look forward to a centre with a new layout, modern décor and electrical and audio-visual systems that will attract better events in addition to delivering world class education and training.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Steven Miles said resources communities in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region would share in Round 1 of the Queensland Government’s $100 million Resources Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF).

“The resource sector is vital to our economy and employs around 84,000 workers, directly supporting more than 15,000 Queensland businesses,” Mr Miles said.

“Despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought, our resources sector has been able to continue operating throughout the pandemic, helping support our economy.”

Mayor Baker said acknowledged all those who have been part of the consultation process in providing feedback to the future use of the multi-purpose community asset.

“The centre is over 50 years old and these funds will assist in the significant refurbishment and upgrade,” Mayor Baker said.

“Council would like to say thank you to the Queensland Government, the Queensland Resources Council and the resource companies who have invested in this critical community asset.”

The funds will be directed to technological upgrades to ensure connectivity needs are met for industry and general community users into the future, as well as replacement of mechanical services, including the air-conditioning system.

The upgrade would see it better fulfil its role as Moranbah’s only contemporary multi-functional community space, supporting the needs of the community, mining industry and local businesses.

The Resources Community Infrastructure Fund was established by a voluntary partnership between coal and mineral companies through the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government.

The overall total of the Moranbah Community Centre redevelopment is in excess of $10 million with Isaac Regional Council co-funding the project.

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