Whitsunday Regional Council has been rewarded for their lobbying efforts with the State Government today committing $500,000 to assist with the restoration of the Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC).
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox says the funding is an welcome boost.
“This funding will assist Council to bridge the significant gap between our insurance claim and the major works required to ensure that, when restored, the PEC continues to be a quality cultural hub for our community.”
Division Three councillor John Collins sis also chuffed.
“The extended closure of this facility has adversely impacted the arts and cultural landscape of the region, with the centre being forced to relocate events to the RSL or high school.”
“The PEC is such a vital community hub for our residents hosting live performances, school events, movies, conferences and functions.”
The PEC suffered extensive damage during the cyclone last March with timber flooring, collapsed ceilings, damaged electrical and air conditioning.
To add to the restoration woes, during reconstruction works a number of major issues came to light regarding air-conditioning and fire safety issues. These issues were historical design flaws from the 1990’s which were only discovered during current repair works by the insurance panel builder.
Mayor Willcox says he and councillors tackled the new issues head-on and were determined that all these flaws be addressed during the current reconstruction works.
The unexpected extra costs Council now face include air-conditioning and roofing upgrade ($200,000), audio and lighting upgrade ($315,000), fire safety improvements ($500,000) and driveway resurfacing ($50,000).