New home for Vietnam vets on council agenda
  • Tuesday 14 October 2008

A State Government offer to support the Sunshine Coast Vietnam Veterans Services Inc (SCVV) with the provision of a permanent home at Mapleton was supported by Sunshine Coast councillors at today’s Organisation Performance Committee meeting.

The recommendation, which will see the State transfer ownership of the property to council, was referred to next week’s Ordinary Meeting for endorsement.

Division 10 councillor, Paul Tatton said that the SVCC was seeking permanent premises and the Forestry Barracks building in Mapleton seemed to fit the bill in terms of both location and atmosphere.

“The State Government’s proposal to pass the trusteeship of the building on to the Sunshine Coast Council will be a great help to the Vietnam vets,” Cr Tatton said.

“The building is currently under the trusteeship and ownership of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources and Water.

“This offer allows the SCVV to continue their great work with Vietnam veterans, offering support, rehabilitation services, emergency and short term accommodation, and counselling.”

The SCVV will need to observe heritage listing requirements in all refurbishments.

“Under the proposal, the land and buildings will be managed by council. This will include the negotiation of a lease with the SCVV. However, under this agreement, all maintenance costs will be passed on to the SCVV, with council exonerated from any ongoing liability,” Cr Tatton said.

“We will now need to make sure that the Vietnam vets are happy with this arrangement.”

The recommendation will be considered by the full council at its Ordinary Meeting to be held at the Caloundra Office on Thursday 23 October 2008.