The State Government has been urged to match potential funding by the Federal Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to help develop the Samford Commons Precinct.
Local federal MP Peter Dutton and Mayor Alan Sutherland have strongly backed the proposal to develop the old CSIRO site at Samford into an innovation hub and community space.
The council has pledged $1.5 million to the Commons project to match $1.5 million sought under the Federal Government’s Building Stronger Regions scheme.
That money will enable the construction of a new building but a matching grant by the State Government would allow the existing buildings to be refurbished as well.
The local council’s decision to not invest in saving the existing buildings and to replace the character filled buildings with one new building, means that the community and project’s space requirements won’t be met as well as a loss of history for the area.
‘These buildings are an iconic part of Samford, a green lung to the Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions, and State Government funds would ensure they are put to great community use,’ said Samford Commons Board member Mr Blacket.
Although Samford Commons currently only have one tiny official building, the project has achieved amazing things including; Urban Farm selling locally grown produce; War on Waste Group – saving waste produce from landfill; Community Library, STEM Immersion programme, Maker Festival 2017; 90 vocational trainees graduated from programs held at Samford Commons and the Wellbeing Festival 2016.