The $7 million Eagleby Riverine Discovery Centre scheduled to already be under construction has been sunk by council due to lack of funds.

The Centre was to offer a range of activities aimed at improving understanding of City of Logan waterways and increasing community use of the Albert and Logan rivers.

It was also meant to include environmental education, historic displays, be a community hub, and offer commercial water‐based activities.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to place the Riverine Discovery Centre project on hold,” said Cr Karen Murphy.

“While I’m disappointed that we have had to make this tough decision, as the governance chair I believe this is a financially responsible decision which will allow us to deliver a better Riverine Discovery precinct in the future.

“The reason for this tough decision reflects some of the challenges many of our community are facing today.

“Right now, we simply can’t afford to build it and we wouldn’t get the plan that we started without compromising the community.

Council has but the scrapping of the riverine to the skyrocketing cost of construction over the last 12 months. While the original planned cost in June 2021 was $5.5 million, council added an additional $1.5 million in July 2023. The state government were contributing $2.75 million from the South East Queensland Community Stimulus Package.

“Proceeding would not give us value for money for the rate payers,” said Cr Murphy.

“While the riverine project may be on hold, it is reassuring to know council has completed all the planning and the design works needed for the future.”

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