The music bowl site at Parkhurst is plotted for the drug rehab centre.
The music bowl site at Parkhurst is plotted for the drug rehab centre.

Council reveals confidential reports on drug rehab centre

A CONFIDENTIAL council report around the rehabilitation centre has been made a public document as Rockhampton region Mayor Margaret Strelow defends council in their actions in the plans for the development.

The report was presented as a mayoral minute at the Rockhampton Regional Council ordinary meeting on Tuesday.

Documents show the confidential item was discussed on December 11, 2018.

It explains the 42-bed alcohol and drug rehabilitation and treatment facility would include 32 beds for residential rehabilitation, eight beds for withdrawal treatment, two family units and capacity for non-residential intensive and structured day programs.

The state budget has allocated $9.5m over the three years.

Queensland Health have stated they need an area of 1,900m2 for eight buildings.

The report notes prior to council's involvement, Queensland Health assessed 17 properties in the Rockhampton region - nine in Parkhurst, five in Norman Gardens and three in Gracemere.

Queensland Health narrowed their search to a two hectare portion at 5-71 Olive St, Parkhurst. This site was previously considered by council as a hockey/sports development.

Council became involved in the property selection process in September 2018.

They noted the Olive St would not be consistent with the future residential use of the area and it could significantly decrease future development and current and future value.

Council officers suggested a portion of CQUniversity's properties on Yaamba Rd, the main campus or former CSIRO site however CQUni was not receptive to this.

Subsequently, the music bowl lot was suggested.

Discussions were ongoing on what portion of the land would be used.

Valuations of the whole music bowl land in 2014 indicated a value of $22.50 per sqm of developable land. Taking out the portion of land encumbered by the music bowl and associated structures, the land is estimated to a worth of $1.6m.

Council previously attempted to sell the site for redevelopment in 2013/2014 and the best offer received just over $1m.

This offer was rejected for a range of reasons and council withdrew the sale and sought a report on maintenance needs for continued public use.

It was recommended at the December meeting that council's Chief Executive Officer, Evan Pardon, was granted to begin property sale negotiations for between $1 to $1.6m and sale of the whole lot of 219, the music bowl, to Queensland Health for the drug and rehabilitation centre was approved.

This information is all accurate as of December 11, 2018, and the project has progressed along to date now.

It was later moved that council would not sell the whole site of the music bowl but just the carpark land.