‘Liveability Fund’ Backs Suttons Beach Pavilion and Key Community Projects

The Suttons Beach Pavilion in Redcliffe will undergo a comprehensive $19 million redevelopment funded through the SEQ City Deal Liveability Fund. 


Read: Suttons Beach Pavilion to Get a New Look with National Architectural Design Competition


The Suttons Pavilion overhaul involves full demolition and rebuilding of the outdated facilities. Out of the total $19 million cost, around $11.33 million will come from the Liveability Fund, with Council and the State Government making up the balance.

The project headlines five key community upgrades approved under the Liveability Fund worth $45.53 million. 

Photo credit: Suttons Beach Pavilion/Google Maps 

The overhaul will transform the outdated pavilion into an attractive, functional community venue to serve Redcliffe residents and visitors.

Meanwhile, other projects backed by the deal include new recreational spaces at Centenary Lakes, active transport improvements connecting Bongaree and Woorim on Bribie Island, and public amenity upgrades at The Mill precinct in Petrie.

The Mill (Photo credit: Abu Sayeed/Google Maps) 

Centenary Lakes will receive almost $20 million for an all-abilities playground and zero-depth splash park, along with active transport upgrades at Morayfield Road and a new shared pathway along Esme Ave, as part of the Centenary Lakes Activation. 

Bribie Island locals and visitors will benefit from a range of projects connecting the west and eastern sides of the island, including upgrades to the Bongaree Jetty, on-road cycle lanes, a footpath upgrade, as well as an accessible changing places facility at Woorim. The Mill precinct at Petrie will be upgraded to include new paths and toilets, along with landscaping and carparking. 

Council states the package will create a long-term legacy benefiting current and future generations across Moreton Bay’s rapidly growing population. The SEQ City Deal allows a coordinated approach between different levels of government to deliver key upgrades like these. 

A council spokeswoman said the funding, together with a $15 million investment by Council, will enhance lifestyle amenities for residents and visitors. She stated that as the Moreton Bay area continues rapid growth, these projects will help retain liveability, affordability and prosperity.

Bongaree Jetty (Photo credit: Christine Meredith/Google Maps)

Queensland State Development and Infrastructure Minister Grace Grace said the SEQ Liveability Fund will give communities like Moreton Bay the opportunity to create better places to live through access to more open spaces, infrastructure that complements new housing or projects that support health and wellbeing.

“It’s great to see councils’ responses to this opportunity to boost local community and sport engagement in the lead-up to Brisbane 2032 and beyond.”


Read: Proposed Project Looks to Revive Abandoned Frawley’s Tennis Club Site


The Southeast Queensland Liveability Fund is an integral initiative under the larger $1.8 billion SEQ City Deal agreement made between the Australian Government, Queensland Government, and the Council of Mayors for the region to collectively finance development projects.

Published 19-February-2024

Suttons Beach Pavilion To Be Torn Down And Replaced

Suttons Beach Pavilion has played host to countless weddings and parties for decades, but did you know that this iconic, art deco-style building will likely be demolished following the release of an independent report suggesting that its renovation would be impractical?


Read: Engineering Firm Tasked to Investigate Structural Integrity of the Iconic Suttons Beach Pavilion


A structural investigation report prepared by independent experts Covey Associates revealed that repairing the pavilion would be inappropriate due to the “significant remediation and rectification works required to meet current building compliance and serviceability.” 

Both the Pavilions 1 and 2 had a history of water ingress issues, which means it will require extensive removal of the building’s structural elements to facilitate the access necessary to complete the repairs.

Suttons Beach Pavilion
Photo credit: ThatGuy/Google Maps

The 600-page report also highlighted that there’s “no guarantee of extended durability and residual life” if the renovations are carried out. 

Moreton Bay Regional Council will be looking at options for replacing the building, which will be discussed in a meeting in April 2023.

Suttons Beach Pavilion
Photo credit: Haddie Middleton/Google Maps

As early as now, there are already some suggestions from the community including a new structure reflecting the original 1930s but with a restaurant or food outlet. There have also been calls to retain the rotunda which was used as backdrop for many weddings over the years.

“It is expected that after these options are presented the public will have their opportunity to help determine what new structure will replace the Pavilion for future generations to appreciate and enjoy, back to its roots as a true community use facility for all residents of our region to enjoy equally and fairly for decades to come,” said Councillor Mark Booth.

History of the Suttons Beach Pavilion

Suttons Beach Pavilion
Photo credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries

The original pavilion, which consisted of a bathing pavilion and kiosk for beachgoers, was built in 1934. The pavilion was designed by architect George Brockwell Gill.

The former Redcliffe Town Council opened a new two-storey pavilion on the site in 1937, based on the design of architect Clifford E. Plant. Mr Plant also owned a property in Redcliffe, which allowed him to personally oversee its construction. 

Significant alterations were done over time, including the addition of a rotunda in 1998. The current pavilion, which served as a function centre was constructed in 2002.

Photo credit: Trent B/Google Maps

Suttons Beach Pavilion was acquired by the Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2006. An assessment done in 2018 revealed that very little of the original pavilion survived over time.


Read: Moreton Bay Reclassification From Region to City Now Under Review


According to the Council, what people see today, which is the faux art deco style, is not a true reflection of the original build form, but how it’s used when the building was extended and modified.

To read more about the testing and findings, visit Council’s website.

Published 8-March-2023

What’s Happening in Redcliffe This Weekend

Somewhere to spend the weekends with family and friends? Here are some of the events that will be happening in Redcliffe this weekend.

Friday, 11 August

Picnic Hill Festival

Tickets: FREE (Gold Coin Donation)

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Venue: Picnic Hill

Photo credit: Picnic Hill/Facebook

The Picnic Hill is on again this month. There will be a new set of food trucks, street foods, and market stalls. The festival will also feature craft beers, live music, and entertainment.

Picnic Hill Festival is an event for the family to enjoy QT together. BYO favourite picnic rug this Friday.

 

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Friday, 11 August

Children’s Cooking Class

Tickets: $45

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Venue: Shields St Eats

Photo credit: Cooking with Ada/Facebook

Let your kids learn how to cook. This weekend, Cooking with Ada will hold another cooking class. Children will learn the basics of preparing pizza and pasta, as well as learning how to decorate a cupcake.

Children under 10 years of age are required to have a guardian.

 

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Sunday, 13 August

Movie Night

Tickets: FREE

Time: The movie will starts after sunset.

Venue: Suttons Beach Pavilion

Photo credit: Suttons Beach Pavilion/Facebook

The Suttons Beach Pavilion will hold another movie screening. The movie “Moana” will be shown on their big outdoor screen by the beach.

BYO chairs and picnic blankets. Settle in early to secure a space for the whole family.

 

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13 August

Family Fun Day

Ticket: FREE

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Venue: 132 Sutton Street, Redcliffe

Photo credit: Seaside Pop Up Shops/Facebook

Bring your family, friends, and furry friends at the Seaside Pop Up Shops this weekend for the Family Fun Day.

There will be market stalls, food trucks, face painting, fairy floss, and a jumping castle.

 

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