Work set to start on hinterland visitor information centre
  • Friday 20 June 2008

The Sunshine Coast Council today (June 19) accepted a tender for the construction of the Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre planned for Rotary Settlers Park.

Division One Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said she was delighted to see the multi-purpose community facility move a big step closer to reality.

“The Glass House Mountains area is a wonderful and popular destination for visitors – and for many people it’s also the gateway to the rest of our beautiful hinterland and indeed the Sunshine Coast region,’’ Cr Grosskreutz said.

“This new centre – which we now hope to see up and running by the Christmas holiday period – will provide an education and information service and also displays detailing the historical and environmental significance of the area.

“It will also be home to a customer service cubicle, touch screen information booths and additional interpretive signs and displays. This project will boost both the local and regional economy, offering information on accommodation, attractions and tour and event bookings.”

Council accepted the tender submitted by Boss Constructions – as recommended by Council’s tender assessment panel – which, at $715,238.98, was also the lowest of the seven tenders received. The total cost of construction and fitout for the centre is expected to be close to $945,000.

Cr Grosskreutz said the project had attracted strong support from the State Government, including a Regional Centres Program Grant of $475,000 and a Public Conveniences Subsidy of $25,000. The Federal Government has also indicated it will support the project with a Regional Grant of $248,000 through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

“This is a great example of what can be achieved for regional communities when the various levels of government work together,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

Council today also endorsed a call for a report prior to the 2009/10 Budget regarding the service delivery and operational funding options for Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.