New PB Community House to start early 2021

Stage 3 of the Rufous Street Precinct in Peregian Beach is set to get underway, after Council approved a multi-million dollar construction tender.

Kane Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd has secured the contract to build the new Peregian Beach Community House and landscaping.

Community Services Director Kerri Contini said Kane Constructions had proven success in delivering projects of a similar nature.

“Kane are a national construction firm that have extensive resources which will ensure this project can be completed within the tight timeframes and budget.

“Their use of local sub-contractors will provide much-needed local economic outcomes,” Ms Contini said.

Council has consulted extensively with the Peregian Beach Community House committee and the Rufous Street Project Control Group throughout the process.

President of the PBCH, John Hare, welcomed the completion of the tender process and the decision to award the tender to Kane Constructions.

“The new community house design includes an increased number of hire / meeting rooms that will allow greater scope and flexibility for both existing hirers and one-off users. This should result in a wider range of activities and services available to Peregian Beach residents and the wider community” he said.

“Despite a three-month closure last year due to Covid restrictions, demand for space at the current community house remains good. The extra hiring space at the new facility will enable a more flexible approach in meeting community demand for hiring space”.

Once the new Community House is operating the existing Community House will be closed and refurbished into an extension of the Peregian Digital Hub.

“A vast greenspace around the community house will provide 4000m2 of sculptured gardens, a playground, winding footpaths and grassed areas where children can play and adults can enjoy” Ms Contini said.

The Federal Government through the Building Better Regions fund, and the State Government, through its Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program, both helped fund the project.

Once all of Stage 3 is constructed, a total of $10.2M of Council, State and Federal funding will have been invested into the project.Council bought the old Peregian Beach Bowls Club site in 2014 and combined it with existing community land and facilities to create the Rufous Street Precinct.

The project was due to be completed late last year but was delayed when council was advised that the previous contractor had gone into liquidation.  Construction is due to finish in October this year.

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