Mackay Regional Council has announced it was successful in securing $292,800 in funding to begin designs on the Mirani Community Precinct. Photo: Zizi Averill
Mackay Regional Council has announced it was successful in securing $292,800 in funding to begin designs on the Mirani Community Precinct. Photo: Zizi Averill

Mirani hub to dip into $292,800 design funding pool

AN ARCHITECT'S pen will mark the way for the arrival of bulldozers and construction workers to a major Mirani community and tourism hub.

Mackay Regional Council has announced it was successful in securing $292,800 in funding to begin designs on the Mirani Community Precinct.

The chief executive officer's report said the Building our Regions grant would allow the Pioneer Valley project to be designed and move to the "shovel-ready" stage.

Once full designs are complete the council will be able to present them for future construction funding rounds.

"The project is progressing well, with concept designs, landscape, infrastructure and contained land investigations under way," the report said.

"Preliminary designs and costings have been prepared and currently being refined in relation to costing and staging to inform a preferred option for detail design."

The chief executive officers report said the Building our Regions grant would allow the Pioneer Valley project to be designed and move to the “shovel-ready” stage.
The chief executive officers report said the Building our Regions grant would allow the Pioneer Valley project to be designed and move to the “shovel-ready” stage.

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But the report said the entire design project would total $492,800, requiring councillors to approve the $200,000 design funding shortfall.

"One of the conditions of the funding agreement is to provide a council resolution confirming sufficient budget to cover council component, that the project is committed to, and acknowledging responsibility for any project overrun costs," the report said.

It said Mackay must commit to the project and show that the associated council contribution had been factored into budgets for the funding to be unlocked.

Chief executive officer Michael Thomson recommended councillors resolve the issue to unlock the State Government funding.

Councillors will vote on whether to approve the funding in this Wednesday's meeting.

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