Hutchinson Builders have won a $8.9 million contract to build Whitsunday Regional Council’s new Proserpine Administration Building.
Work is expected to commence in October.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the former administration building was extensively damaged by Cyclone Debbie and staff had been working in temporary offices around the region for the past two years.
“The new building will not only be an administration centre in Proserpine for staff but also include a new Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) and Climate Change Innovation Hub,” he said.
“Intense lobbying by myself and Deputy Mayor John Collins secured over $8.5 million in external funding from the Federal and State governments.”
Plans for the new $10.9 million Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC) are also moving forward.
The council voted to adopt an amended concept design at today’s ordinary meeting. It will now proceed to detailed design, with construction expected to commence early next year.
Mayor Willcox said the two projects combined with the $3.8 million Proserpine Main Street upgrade would be game changers and revamp the town.