CRC gives green light to precinct
THE construction of the $155 million Cairns Entertainment Precinct has been given the green light by the Cairns Regional Council.
The precinct, which will be located on the banks of Trinity Inlet south of the CBD, received unprecedented support in the council meeting during a vote yesterday.
Mayor Val Schier said the project was the envy of other councils throughout the state.
“We are leading the way for other councils in terms of securing government funding and now need to repay that level of confidence and support by ensuring this project is delivered to budget,” she said.
“And also delivered to a standard that will reflect a vibrant and growing community.”
The Cairns Entertainment Precinct will receive three levels of government funding - $40 million from the Federal Government and $57.3 million from the Queensland Government.
The remaining $57.3 million will be covered by the Cairns Regional Council.
“This injection of money into our region’s economy will benefit so many people in so many ways,” Mayor Schier said.
“I look forward to seeing this project progress from a concept on paper to an asset of which we, as a region, can be truly proud.”
Project manager Linda Cardew said the next step can happen to see the Cairns Entertainment Precinct become reality by 2015.
“This means we can now call for expressions of interest from contractors and start the detailed design phase,” she said.
“First, we have to execute funding deeds to lock in the money from the Commonwealth and State Governments.
“We hope to start work on the site after the wet season in early 2012 and have the building completed by 2015.”