COUNCIL: Residents to weigh in on $140k shade structure
Following a proposal for a $140,000 shade structure at the Injune Memorial Hall, councillors will ask for community feedback on other alternatives, as they would require an additional $65,000 to have the preferred option.
Since the removal of two mature trees in front of the hall on the Carnarvon Highway, the area is currently without shade and given the importance of the site, an architect came onboard and provided Maranoa Regional Council with five alternatives to give shade at the front of the hall.
In the council meeting in Roma on Wednesday, March 10, councillors said $75,000 from the Works for Queensland COVID-19 stimulus package had been allocated to the project, however that amount of money would only provide a basic shade structure.
This means council would need to reallocate funds from other approved projects to provide for the preferred option, which would cost approximately $140,000.
Council deputy director Rob Hayward informed councillors money could potentially be sourced from other projects that may be deemed less important.
But due to the project being funded under the Queensland stimulus package, it would need to be spent by June 30 this year.
In the council agenda dated March 10, a potential risk is the likelihood that the shade netting could look out of place or detract from the facade of the Injune Hall.
And it’s likely some residents may feel that such a large expenditure on the facility is unwarranted.
In the meeting Mayor Tyson Golder said many community members utilise the hall, like the RSL and it would be beneficial to have protection from the rain and heat.
“I do believe this is an opportunity, I’ve noticed it certainly doesn’t rain all the time unfortunately, but having protection from rain and taking the heat off in the hall could be beneficial,” he said.
“The RSL conduct services there so I think it’s beneficial for the whole community to get their feedback and get this right.”
The mayor moved that council opt to undertake community consultation on a flat roof structure, which is Option 1; send correspondence to each community group in Injune noting the delivery of the architecturally designed option will require extra funding to be completed and council be presented with a report following community consultation so the scope and budget for the project can be confirmed.
Councillor Cameron O’Neil added that Injune and district residents would received an unaddressed mail out to provide their input.
Councillor Julie Guthrie seconded the mayor’s motion and all councillors supported the decision.