CRC gives green light to precinct

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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