Daintree group dusts of plans for cyclone shelter
A GROUP of Daintree residents are dusting off a pre-amalgamation plan to build a community centre north of the Daintree River.
Brian Searle, who led the push in 2007 to build a community centre on donated council land at Diwan, said council could tap the Federal Government’s $1 billion Regional Development Fund for the outstanding funding required to get the project off the ground.
Following a community engagement meeting in Cow Bay in February 2007, the Douglas Shire Council set aside $450,000 to build the centre in the 2007/08 budget, “on the proviso that matching funding is received from the Regional Partnership Program”.
However, the Federal Government’s RPP was wrapped up following the Labor win in the 2007 election, leaving the funds stranded in the council’s budget.
“The money is still there (in the council budget),” Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said.
The centre, which would be used as a multi-purpose hall as well as a cyclone centre, was to include a commercial kitchen, bar and stage, at an estimated cost of $880,000.
The proposed centre would, the council report at the time states, “be a space where the community can have a sense of ability to affect change in their own communities ... and celebrate their uniqueness”.
“It would be fabulous to have a purpose-built community centre in the Daintree, as the current facility is woefully inadequate,” Cr Leu said. “This project would have to be prioritised in the Regional Road Map to have any chance of funding.
The final RDA regional road map is due out tomorrow.