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Whitsunday Regional Council’s new Administration Building in Proserpine, incorporating the Disaster Coordination Centre and Climate Innovation Hub, has been completed on schedule.
The $11.9 million building replaces the previous Administration Centre which was extensively damaged during Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.
The new building will house up to 120 Council staff and is the main centre for Disaster Coordination in the Whitsunday region, and will be a vital asset to the community during severe weather events.
The Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub first opened its doors in September 2018 and will now be housed within the new Proserpine Administration Building, as an integral part of the resilient new centre.
The Hub provides a unique opportunity to connect researchers, stakeholders, Council and the community with the latest research in improving resilience to increasing climate change hazards, such as storm tide.
Mayor Andrew Willcox thanked the Australian and Queensland governments for their generous support, which will ensure the Whitsunday community will reap the benefits of the new building for many years to come.
“The new building will enhance our region’s ability to prepare for and respond to disasters and climate change hazards,” he said.
“This is great news not only for the community, but for our Council staff, who have been operating in temporary offices around the region over the last few years.”
The Proserpine Customer Service Centre will be located on the same site as the previous building, at 83-85 Main Street, and will be open to the public from Monday 28 September 2020.
The new building received $3.6 million from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions program to fund the Climate Change Innovation Hub and $5 million from the Queensland Government for the Disaster Coordination Centre, with Council contributing $3.3 million, including insurance claims, towards the rebuild.
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