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Councillor Bourke vows to deliver centre

PETITION: Fran Bell with residents Donna Calder and Judy Lavery
PETITION: Fran Bell with residents Donna Calder and Judy Lavery

ANGRY Centenary residents met on Friday to discuss the long awaited community centre, demanding action be taken.

Fran Bell who has been endorsed as the Labor candidate for Jamboree at the next election said the funds for the centre were allocated eight years ago.

“It's time to deliver this project,” she said.

“We've been waiting way too long and we're still waiting.

“Residents have had a gutful of the excuses and want council to get the priorities right and deliver on projects that they promise.”

Jamboree Councillor Matthew Bourke said he made the commitment to build the centre two-and-a-half years ago and had since carried out significant consultation to ensure the centre delivered the needs of the community.

“I've worked with the community to design the facility and get a location the community wants,” he said.

“Now we're working on finalising these details, obviously we would have loved to have it open for the past three months.”

Cr Bourke said work was supposed to start in January, but with the flood event it became very hard to get contractors.

“The project is moving ahead which is a stark contrast to (what happened) under previous administrations,” he said.

Former Jindalee resident Donna Calder, who lived in the area for 14 years, said it was important for people in the community to have a place to go to.

“My eldest son is 20 and he started preschool in Jindalee, now I've got a four-year-old who I could take to the centre,” she said.

“I was always looking for places to take my older kids.”

Jindalee's Judy Lavery said the centre would be not just be a place for children to go, but also for the elderly in the community.

Ms Bell said there would be a large number of uses for the centre, it now just needed to be built.

“It's really disturbing to see funds allocated and now we're waiting on a lease from the shops,” she said.

After talking to residents Ms Bell has started a petition for residents concerned about the lack of progress on the community centre.

She is calling on council to deliver on its commitment to local ratepayers and fast track the delivery of the new centre to support the growing needs of the suburbs.

“Locals have told me they want action,” she said.

“I've always believed your word is your bond, and it's time for the Councillor to come clean and stand up for the community.

“He's had three years, and we are still waiting.”


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