Aerial view of Suttons Beach Pavilion. Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Moreton Bay Regional Council has agreed to pay local consultants over $360,000 to determine the structural integrity of the Suttons Beach Pavilion buildings for future refurbishments or demolition.

Council will give $363,000 to local engineering consultants Covey Associates to conduct thorough investigations into what can be done for the pavilions.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery said this was following through on a commitment made by Council to the community to fully investigate the condition of the building before determining the precinct’s future.

“I’m pleased that a North Lakes-based firm will be delivering these works, although I want to be transparent with the community in saying the $363,000 (excl GST) quote is a lot more than we initially anticipated,” Mayor Flannery said.

“In the current economic climate, works of this kind are substantially more expensive than usual, but we are responding to community demands for more definitive structural advice before making a final decision. 

“Spending this kind of money on investigations and reports means there’s less to invest in the actual restoration or reconstruction of the pavilions, which is precarious after losing $5 million in federal funding for this project through the election.

“Covey Associates will undertake invasive and non-invasion investigations as the next crucial step in understanding what is the most appropriate way forward at the pavilions, following hot on the heels of another important phase – the recent release of outcomes of a community survey into the long-term future of Suttons Beach Park.

“This survey highlighted a preference amongst the more than 2,000 participants for retaining the existing pavilion or rebuilding in an art deco style.”

Mayor Flannery said Council was considering three options for the pavilion buildings:

  • Fully rectify or refurbish
  • Partially demolish and partially retain with rectification and refurbishment
  • Demolish and replace

“To ensure our community gets the full and accurate picture, it’s crucial the consultant is afforded the access and time required to fully understand and describe the condition of the pavilion buildings,” Mayor Flannery said.

“This investigation goes significantly deeper than the previous technical reports – requiring the removal of internal linings and cladding, fitting and fixtures so the consultant can comprehensively and methodically test structural surfaces and other building components.

“As part of the project, the company will assess Council’s three options against the actual physical condition of the buildings and provide recommendations that will be shared with the community.

“Council appreciates the community’s patience while this stage of the process is completed.”

Final results of the testing are expected late 2022 or early 2023. As the investigation and testing work proceeds, there will be opportunities for updates from Covey Associates which Council will share with the community via the project website.

Mayor Flannery said there would be further public consultation before any final decisions are made on the long-term future of Suttons Beach Park and its potential facilities and buildings.

Once the current condition of the buildings is confirmed and options are better understood, Council will consider community views and preferences alongside other factors that will influence the future of the site.

These may include but not be limited to; ensuring the costs of any building works represent good value for the use of public funds for all ratepayers, feasibility investigations including the viability of any kiosk or vendor use, expert built form and landscaping design advice, current and future projected park usage patterns, master planning for the park, return of the building to its intended full community access and use and potential foreshore activations.

Image: Aerial view of Suttons Beach Pavilion. Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

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