Community Facilities Project Updates

$93,500 capital works project

The roof will be rescrewed and the cafeteria floor replaced to improve the building’s capacity to withstand natural disasters so it can be used as an evacuation centre.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Preparing Australian Communities — Local Stream Program.

$36,000 capital works project

The posts on the footpath will be replaced.

We recognise the vital role community facilities play in community development and social connections, and the need for good quality, appropriate, flexible,  fit-for-purpose and sustainable assets. Our community has indicated a desire for multi-purpose facilities. We have more than 300 community facilities and many of them are single purpose. Our Community Facilities Strategy 2019–29 sets benchmarks for delivery and provision, and identifies sustainable service standards for our facilities. From this strategy, 17 facilities have been initially identified as end-of-life, underutilised or surplus to community needs.

At the March Ordinary meeting Council endorsed a community engagement project on the future of these community facilities. After communication with current and prospective users and a closer analysis of how each of these assets are run, we now have an approximate order of engagement for each of them:

  • Malanda Majestic Theatre and Malanda School of Arts building — Late 2022
  • Ravenshoe RSL Building and Judo clubhouse — Late 2022
  • Butchers Creek Hall — Late 2022
  • Millaa Millaa RSL Hall — Early 2023
  • Millaa Millaa Golf Club and Barney Daley Hall — Early 2023
  • Herberton Town Hall and Herberton Tennis Club — 2023
  • Mount Garnet Town Hall and SES shed — 2023
  • Hallorans Hill building — 2023
  • Atherton CWA Hall — 2023
  • Atherton Community Centre (Mabel Street) — Late 2023
  • Tableland Dog Obedience Club Shed — Late 2023
  • Atherton SES Shed — Late 2023

The outcome of these conversations can mean many things including maintaining current use, gifting or selling an asset when appropriate, changing land tenure or formalising user agreements.

This list contains TRC-owned assets that fall into a number of categories including some that are the home of established organisations with regular use, through to under-utilised, unused or assets with deteriorating condition. TRC recognises that community groups are regularly using some of these facilities and their importance in providing a place to meet and hold events.  Council will take into account many factors including the capacity of each township with existing facilities and what current demand there is.  Existing user agreements will be recognised and the intention is to maintain or increase services to the community where identified.

This is an important undertaking and will take some time as we work through this.  Our Facilities and Legal & Governance staff will conduct case-by-case meetings with each of the relevant stakeholders at these assets to determine a course of action that best suits serving the community and delivering public spaces efficiently and adequately.