Boom drives Calliope's expansion

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

CALLIOPE residents will get their own community centre as a result of the recent "tree change'' boom in the township.

Calliope Shire Council's chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the new centre was part of the estimated $1 million plus extension of council's offices off Don Cameron Drive in Calliope.

At its meeting on Friday the council approved concept plans for the extension which is expected to double administration building facilities.

'The new building will mean we can bring our large development services offices, now operating at the library building, up into the main administration block,' Mr Kanofski said.

The new building will be on the same level as the the existing administration building and its appearance would be in keeping with the existing structure.

The old and the new buildings will be linked by an atrium. The new building will also provide, for the first time, a working room for councillors. Its design will allow for future expansion on the same site. Work will begin in the new financial year. Mr Kanofski said moving the development services department away from the library would allow additional space for community use. It is expected the fully air-conditioned building would provide space for:

A large function room with ad- joining kitchen; A community meeting room; A second large room with ad- joining kitchen for arts, crafts and other community activities.

Also the existing carparking facilities will be expanded to provide 50 new spaces.

The council is to meet with community groups before the building being fitted out to obtain community input for the redevelopment project.



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