Karoonda East Murray Council has issued a public request to SA builders to help construct its long-awaited community hub.
The move follows confirming in October that the town was eligible for up to $1 million in federal government drought relief funding.
The funds must be spent by June 30 and the development can cost no more than $500,000.
Council Chief Executive Officer Matthew Morgan reported the council was open to an innovative and ambitious solution to the brief, with the project located a two-hour drive east of Adelaide.
“We’re looking to convert a car park into a community hub and childcare centre for around $500,000 in just over six months, so we want to hear from businesses who can deliver this project and guarantee it will be up and running by June 30 next year,” he said in a statement to media.
The new facility, to be centrally in Karoonda, will likely include a community meeting space, multi-use rooms for youth activities, and a dedicated childcare section.
“A hub like this will create jobs in the short-term as well as enable people to seek more opportunities for income and business growth in the mid to long-term.”
The council was open to inventive solutions, including modular construction, to ensure the facility was delivered by the June 30 deadline.
“We know there are companies out there who will be able to bring some innovative and cost-effective solutions to the table and we’d like to hear from them,” he said.
“We expect the company will work with local contractors and builders where possible to maximise opportunities to local businesses during construction.”■