Samford Valley is set to benefit from a new community hub with the official sod turning reached on the project today.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the project, would be a home to community groups in Samford such as the RSL and Meals on Wheels and would provide a shared space for local residents to meet.
“What this means for the Samford community is a space for local residents to meet, engage on projects with one another and bring our community together,” Mr Dutton said.
“The Samford Community Hub will create up to 35 jobs and improve access to services for Samford locals well into the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $2,225,250 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Moreton Bay region.
“In addition to already committing to support six local community organisations, this investment will also produce long-term economic benefits to the region as it will also support business incubation which in turn will drive economic growth and create local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.
Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) said the project will support an array of community activities to make Samford an even better place to work, live and play.
“Community pride in Samford is strong and locals care deeply about serving their town, which is why it’s so important to create a modern facility as a central location to bring residents and user groups together,” he said.
“Once built this community hub will include a community library, kitchen with food distribution capacities, meeting rooms and offices to support the community groups that will operate from the hub.
“The community hub will enable a large cross-section of the population of Moreton Bay to be more appropriately serviced with groups like Samford RSL, Meals on Wheels, Samford Support Network, Community Library and Progress and Protection Association as lessee being able to host a high number of volunteers to engage in these activities.
“This is an exciting project that will make a huge difference to our community groups when it’s complete in October this year.”
This $4.5 million dollar project was jointly funded with $2.25 million in funding from the Australian Government and the Moreton Bay Regional Council.