After two unsuccessful attempts to obtain Regional Development Australia Funding (RDAF), Logan City Council has finally received $3 million to spend on local business and the community. Funding will go towards the Beenleigh Masterplan which MacroPlan applied a detailed cost benefit analysis to align with the RDAF selection criteria. The redevelopment is expected to create jobs and grow the local economy. Heidi Braithwaite from Quest Newspapers writes:
A BEENLEIGH Master plan in desperate need of federal government funding has become a hot political item after years of rejection.
The Beenleigh Master Plan which was unsuccessful in gaining Regional Development Australia Funding twice has now been promised much needed money by both sides of politics in the lead up to the September 7 election.
Liberal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said he'd committed $3 million to the project because he knew the importance of what it meant to the local community and local business.
He said he'd been relentless in campaigning for the redevelopment of the Beenleigh Town Centre which he believed would create jobs and grow the local economy.
'This outstanding local project will create 225 new permanent jobs and 47 full time construction jobs and provide an economic boost of $23m to the region.'
Mr van Manen said he had been talking with the local business community over the past three years and knew they were very much behind the project, but questioned why Labor had rejected it on two occasions.
Logan City Council committed to continue with the much anticipated project despite the funding failures, committing $5.99 million to the $9.6 million project over three years in their June budget.
A whistlestop visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week saw the Labor Government also commit $3 million to the revitalisation of the Beenleigh Town Centre.
Mayor Pam Parker said she supported any funding to a project that would transform the town centre from a functional junction into a pedestrian-friendly place of cultural exchange and community activity.
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