Cooroy Library to proceed as planned
  • Monday 21 July 2008

Sunshine Coast Council voted to call for expressions of interest for the construction of Mill Place and Cooroy Library at a Special Council Meeting today.

Today's meeting repealed a resolution made at the last Ordinary Meeting of council to call for expressions of interest for a re-design of the Mill Place project to a size similar in scale to Beerwah Library. Today council voted 9-4 in favour to proceed with the project as planned and endorsed an increase to the total budget to $9.7 million.

Cr Lew Brennan, who put forward today's motions, said that council could now keep moving with the project.

"The Mill Place development is at the heart of a regeneration of Cooroy and involves a wide range of different components and partners, each depending on each other." Cr Brennan said.

"It has been over eight years in the planning with community members and organisations playing a central role every step of the way.

"The expression of interest process for construction is aimed at saving time and money and will investigate innovative construction techniques and alternative solutions.

"This process will allow the project to continue to meet deadlines while also seeking the most cost effective construction method," he said.

The Mill Place project incorporates Cooroy Library, training and meeting facilities, high speed broadband access and community green space, and utilises a broad range of environmentally sustainable design elements to reduce water and energy usage.

It is a joint project between Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government with $3.5 million being funded from the State Government's Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program to celebrate Queensland's 150th anniversary.