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FUNDING for a business case for a proposed $180m Sunshine Coast Entertainment, Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Maroochydore SunCentral CBD was being sought through a State Government infrastructure program.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed Sunshine Coast Council had applied for funding under the first phase of the government's Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline program but was considered already too advanced for its purpose.
Instead the proposal would now be considered under phase two of the infrastructure program announced on March 12 in letters to all local authorities from the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
The Premier said the program was available to all local governments through a competitive grant process.
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One of the ways funding could be used was to develop business cases and/or detailed designs for local government infrastructure projects. Submissions to the program closed on April 9.
"I am advised that Sunshine Coast Regional Council lodged a submission under MIPP2 for grant funding to develop a business case for a Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"All submissions will now be assessed and recommendations made to the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning."
The Premier was responding to a question from Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson who had sought detail about any submissions the council had made and how the project would progressed.
Ms Simpson said the Sunshine Coast was the only major centre in Queensland without an Entertainment, Exhibition and Convention centre and was concern it was missing out on a valuable sector of the business tourism market.
She said yesterday the council had briefed her on functional design changes, which she supported, to the functional design of the original proposal but was still to received any information about financial costs.
"I want this to proceed, minus a casino," Ms Simpson said.