Rain holds up $6m renovation
DELAYS to the redevelopment of Sunshine Coast’s premier events centre have caused frustration and a budget blowout but the long-awaited completion is now just weeks away.
The Events Centre Caloundra general manager Gary Mears has maintained a cheerful presence even as wet weather and other complications pushed back the completion of the building’s exterior until after its “opening season” began last month.
“All of the shows we had planned to go on have gone on,” Mr Mears said.
The construction delay came under fire from some attendees at the National Clean Technologies Conference and Exhibition.
“As a local I was embarrassed and surprised to find that the main entry to the building was still a construction zone, which meant that conference attendees had to walk through a temporary …pathway to get into the venue,” an attendee, who asked he not be named, said.
Other delegates at the conference praised the centre for not cancelling the event, and for continuing despite works.
Sunshine Coast Council owns the facility and had originally planned for the redevelopment to take place during a facility shut down period between mid-December 2018 and late April.
“Numerous issues associated with refurbishing a 30-plus year facility and extended periods of wet weather have delayed the completion of these redevelopments,” a spokesperson said.
All “critical works” had been completed and external works are now expected to be finished by June 15, weather permitting, the spokesperson said.