Rain holds up $6m ren­o­va­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Nicky Moffat [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

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