Fund­ing sub­mis­sion sorted in 30 days

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IT TOOK thirty days for Gold Coast City Coun­cil to pre­pare and sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing from the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Fund (RDAF) for the Up­per Coomera Com­mu­nity and Youth Hub this year.

Gold Coast City Coun­cil iden­ti­fied a pri­or­ity of in­vest­ment in the youth fa­cil­i­ties of the new in­te­grated Up­per Coomera com­mu­nity and youth hub.

The coun­cil and stake­hold­ers first met on April 13 to dis­cuss coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties and then for­mu­lated its sub­mis­sion ac­cord­ing to the RDA’s guide­lines and sub­mit­ted the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion on May 13.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was suc­cess­ful in get­ting $2,026,855 from the RDA with the re­main­ing $21,486,000 to be funded by coun­cil in a four-year cap­i­tal works project.

Round 2 of the RDA fund­ing opens next month with the Port Dou­glas Wa­ter­front con­sid­ered one of the most suit­able projects Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil can put for­ward.

The to­tal cost of the Wa­ter­front is es­ti­mated at $56.5 mil­lion, con­sist­ing of $25 mil­lion for the Wa­ter­front park, $20 mil­lion for the pro­posed la­goon, $4.5 mil­lion for the boat ramp re­lo­ca­tion and $7 mil­lion for coun­cil roads up­grades.

Coun­cil will wait to see the RDA guide­lines be­fore fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­tions are put to coun­cil­lors.

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