A multi-million-dollar revitalisation of the Beaudesert town and the development of a business plan to attract more tourists to Tamborine Mountain will be partially funded through a State Government grant.
The government has allocated more than $3.9 million towards the two projects through the Building Our Regions fund, while council will contribute more than $4.275 million.
Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said investments like this were vital to help local economies transition post COVID-19.
“It’s important we’re continuing to create jobs and, when life returns to normal, attract visitors back to regions like the Scenic Rim,” Ms Jones said.
“The revitalisation works in Beaudesert town centre, for example, will support 28 construction jobs, and the boost local businesses stand to receive once both projects are delivered has the potential to lift employment further.
“We’re partnering with council to create a new green entry and civic hub for Beaudesert, including the construction of an outdoor amphitheatre and playground, and upgrades to local parklands and picnic facilities.
“The Tamborine Mountain gallery walk business case, meanwhile, will map out a plan to establish a vibrant retail boulevard in the township.”
Mayor Greg Christensen said the working partnership with the state government has ensured these large projects can go ahead.
• Council will spend $225,200 to plan and put together a business case to support the development of the Gallery Walk precinct of Tamborine Mountain to create a retail boulevard with a safer, more appealing pedestrian environment and an important regional tourist destination. It will be paid for through $150,100 from the Building Our Regions grant and $75,100 in Council funds.
• Council will spend $8.4 million on the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation project to create a green entry and civic hub. Project works include parkland upgrades; flood mitigation works; installation of amenities, picnic facilities, pathways, shelter, lighting and wayfinding; and construction of an outdoor amphitheatre, playground and carpark for caravans, tourist coaches and motorbikes. The work will be funded by $3.750 million from the Building Our Regions grant and $4.65 million in Council funds.
*CORRECTION: an earlier version of this article stated that the total project costs would be $9.3 million and Council's contribution would be $5.4 million. This was incorrect.