Former mayor: 'Show Pavilion build was not a controversy'
A letter to the editor from Adrian McClintock:
I WISH to make it known that I, as mayor of Cooloola Shire, never saw the building of the show pavilion as a 'controversy' or a 'problem' in the mid 1990s as reported in the Gympie Times 21st July, 2018.
Residents at the time would well remember the old pavilion, which was a disgrace and unsafe for public activities and which had passed its use by date.
Council sought to build a multi-use facility that would serve the Show Society, some sporting clubs and the wider community as a whole and so had plans drawn up and called for tenders.
Robertson Brothers won the tender and used predominantly local labour and suppliers. I don't believe there was any overrun on this.
The facilities that were needed were provided for in the original cost - caterer's kitchen, kiosk, bar facilities, huge floor area for the Show, stage, lighting, sound system and tables and chairs.
Other furnishings were bought after a range of quotes were obtained.
It was always expected that the cost of the initial project would be a little over $4,000,000. This was achieved. Our CEO Spencer Slatter kept a close watch on every expenditure on this project.
The list of donors in the foyer of the pavilion shows that it was a much-needed and supported public facility.
I do not believe there was any major cost overrun on the original concept. Future councils updated the facilities as required and this would have been at additional cost.
It is true I did pay at the ballot box for the vision to build this pavilion but I and many others are proud of the facility we now have.
It was a challenge and an achievement. This may have taken me out of council but it opened doors to new and exciting challenges for me.
I have no regrets and 20 years on, present generations are reaping the benefits of the foresight and decision made by Cooloola Shire councillors in the 1990s.
Cooloola Shire Council