A unanimous decision by the newly formed Moreton Bay Regional Council has seen significant funds allocated for use at Samford Commons for broad benefit to the community.
Chair of Samford Commons, Volker Jahnke said “ It’s a much needed boost to the project as it will now enable a basic refurbishment of 7 buildings and the construction of a roadway and parking to access the site safely.” He thanked the team of people from Samford Commons who have been advocating with Council and acknowledged the hard work of newly elected Councillor Darren Grimwade and the long-term lead-up work by former Councillor Bob Millar.
Cr Grimwade commented that the $500 000 for the buildings should cover the majority of the costs of removing asbestos and bringing disability access and other safety and building compliances up to scratch.” The Mayor, CEO and Councillors expressed high praise for the work of Samford Commons. Internal road and parking funds of $1.35m have also been allocated.
Barbara Keinast from Samford Support Network said “It is amazing what a village can achieve if there are people giving their time and passion! Congratulations to the Commons team. “
Julie Martin said she is “Ecstatic about the opportunity for the Community Library to come to fruition.” Kathy Sydes from Creative Samford is especially pleased that their broad range of activities will be well housed at Samford Commons.
Brad Clark, Principal of Samford Primary School said, “Our school community is very excited about the possibilities that Samford Commons will offer our students. This is a key ingredient for our vision of building ‘connected learners’ and we are very grateful for this decision and for the support of MBRC.“
Howard Nielsen, General Manager of Samford Commons, said “Careful use of these funds will enable many activities to be undertaken on the site. The arts studios and gallery, farm training, community library, School of Sustainability classroom and program for local schools, local business co-working space, community group free space, music education and performance, training space and others will now be accessible as a result of this baseline funding. However, there is a need for further funds to bring these facilities to their full potential and value to the community.“
Funds to fit out additional buildings over time may be available if the Commons proposal to the Federal Government and State Government receive similar support to that provided by the Council. Timelines for use of the buildings are yet to be finalised.