Tewantin TAFE sits abandoned. Photo Geoff Potter
Tewantin TAFE sits abandoned. Photo Geoff Potter

'We've had a breakthrough': Mayor declares on new TAFE site

A BREAKTHROUGH in deciding the future use of the Tewantin TAFE site is now closer, with constraints on the land set to be resolved by State Government, according to Mayor Tony Wellington.

These constraints have been holding up council's purchase of the former TAFE site.

"We finally think we've had a breakthrough here," said Mr Wellington, who was speaking on Wednesday evening at the Noosa Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association AGM.

"The issue here is there are constraints on the land and those constraints affect the value of the land [but] we look like we'll be able to sign in the next couple of weeks with agreement for a purchase at the original price once state clears up the constraints.

"It means that we can just let them do it, we've got some security over the site and we can start looking at what possible uses we might have for the site.

"Maybe we can go through an EOI process while we're waiting for those constraints to be resolved.

"And in the interim the state says it will do the maintenance [on the buildings] as required," Mr Wellington said.

Sandy Bolton ran through the year's achievements, indicating pre-production works for Beckmans Rd would start with the Cooroy Noosa Rd intersection.

Ms Bolton also said two concepts were being scrutinised for the re-design of the boat shed at Munna Pt, which the state had arbitrarily replaced last year.

"The fishing boys are eager to get that cracking - they want their boat back in the water," she said.

Work should start on the replacement shed by March-April next year, Ms Bolton said.

She also indicated that a report to the state would be written regarding various group communications during the recent bushfires, based on the experiences of council's Local Disaster Management Group, in a bid to help improve communications in future similar circumstances.

Mayor Wellington said despite all the efforts through holiday buses and park-and-ride combined with increases in bus patronage, cycling and walking, the space generated was quickly occupied by more cars, resulting in only a 2 per cent reduction in car use during Christmas and Easter holidays.

Among other items, Mr Wellington said the council had paid off $10m in debt which related to pre-amalgamation cost issues.

He said the Peregian Digital Hub was now host to 18 businesses employing 55 people, and "two new companies were up and running" on its premises.

One thousand solar panels - included some higher tech curved panels - were now being located on council buildings, offering a substantial saving on power costs into the future.

Following hundreds of submission in the public consultation phase of local laws proposals regarding public signage, the second consultation period only attracted 12 submissions.

The residents' association meanwhile voted a return of current president Adrian Williams unopposed to the role for the coming year.

Vice president is Aaron White, treasurer Susan Kingston, and committee members Tim Blackburn, Kevin Brennan and Judy Barrass.