Federal Government commits $3 million to Beenleigh's revitalisation
Published: 13 August 2013
A whistle-stop visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday afternoon proved profitable for Logan City with the Federal Government committing $3 million to the revitalisation of the Beenleigh Town Centre.
Mr Rudd made the announcement at the Beenleigh Events Centre.
Mayor Pam Parker said Council approved $5.99 million in this year's budget for the $9.6 million project which will transform the town centre from a functional junction into a pedestrian-friendly place of cultural exchange and community activity.
"The Federal Government's multi-million contribution has been a long-time coming and is gladly received and welcomed by Council and the community,'' she said.
"This project will not only transform the town centre but will bring significant regional flow on benefits in terms of new private investment opportunities, employment, business services and tourism.
"It will also contribute towards strengthening Beenleigh as a regional centre serving business and communities of the region.
"I would like to sincerely thank the Federal Government for this contribution. Beenleigh has been identified by Council as a key area for the future economic development of this city and the redevelopment of this town centre is an integral piece of that puzzle."
Councillor Parker said the State Government had recently contributed $250,000 towards the implementation of the first stage of the project. Following the Federal Government's funding announcement, Liberal National Party candidate for Forde, Bert van Manen, today also committed $3 million to the project if the LNP wins the September 7 election.
Cr Parker said it was unfortunate the multi-million dollar funding announcement for the Beenleigh Town Centre had been overshadowed by the surprise last-minute selection of former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie as the ALP's candidate for the Federal seat of Forde in the upcoming election
"It appears the Prime Minister's additional announcement about Peter Beattie running for Forde overshadowed the great funding news which is unfortunate as this funding will really set the scene for an exciting future for not only Beenleigh but also Logan City and the region," Cr Parker said.
"I understand that because I appeared in the media with the Prime Minister and Mr Beattie when they made their announcement some people believe I am endorsing them; the truth is that I am an independent and my focus has, and will always be, on getting the best outcomes for the Logan City community.
"I will stand side-by-side with the Liberals, the Greens - any party that is committed to bringing money into Logan City to help it achieve its potential.
"Take out the politics and rejoice that we got something for Logan City; this $3 million in funding will assist the progress of the long awaited Beenleigh Town Square."
Planning and Development Committee Chair Councillor Cherie Dalley estimated the project would deliver direct economic benefits in the order of $23 million to the region.
"This direct investment is likely to stimulate broader economic benefits including: the bringing forward of investment in the region; the creation of up to 225 new permanent jobs; 47 full time construction jobs; increase in retail expenditure; increase in night time economy; and has a construction employment value of $19.7 million over a six year period.
Divisional Councillor Jennie Breene (Division 12) said the project would feature: a new multi-functional town square; streetscape enhancements; the undergrounding of overhead powerlines in partnership with Energex; construction of a new signalised intersection to improve the traffic circulation around the town centre and a safety camera network.
"Beenleigh will celebrate its 150th birthday next year and this funding announcement will ensure we will be able to get this significant project started in time for this milestone - what a marvellous way to celebrate the town's birthday," she said.
"I am truly excited about this development and what it will mean for the Beenleigh area. It has been a long time coming but sometimes the best things are worth waiting for
"The Beenleigh community has been extremely supportive of this redevelopment plan. Notably, the latest detailed concept plan for the town square was developed by the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce, a number of key business owners, community organisations, local schools and the Queensland Police."