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Community groups to receive Shorncliffe Pier timber

10 February, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is announcing 17 successful community groups who have secured a ‘piece of the pier’ with timber reclaimed from the original Shorncliffe Pier getting a new lease of life in special community projects.

The Lord Mayor said Shorncliffe Pier Renewal Project was on track and well underway with 20 per cent (70 metres) of the 350-metre long pier carefully dismantled to date, and construction of the new pier expected to begin in April.

“It is fitting to reuse timber from the original structure to give local community groups the opportunity to ensure its legacy will endure, incorporating it into a variety of creative community projects,” Cr Quirk said.

“I am pleased to announce that sixty lineal metres of historic Shorncliffe Pier timber will be made available to 17 successful community groups once it has been removed from the pier and independently tested to ensure its safety for reuse.

“Expressions of interest from community groups, local artists, and commercial organisations, were assessed based on their benefit to the local community.

“It is important for a community icon with such cultural significance, to continue to play a part in the Shorncliffe area and act as a reminder of the history of the pier built back in 1882.”

The quantity of timber for each group will be determined following stringent testing, with the timber expected to be available for collection once it has been given the all clear for reuse.

Cr Quirk said the Sandgate Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) would receive the largest amount of reclaimed timber to build a 144 square metre timber deck which will allow parents and supporters to watch the children participate in sporting activities such as soccer.

“Curlew Park Community Sporting Association will also use some of the timber to build retaining walls for their water tank installation project and to construct a viewing platform for their supporters to use,” he said.

“The Sandgate Men’s Shed was successful in their creative application to turn recycled pieces of timber from the pier into wooden pens and salt and pepper shakers, which will then be sold to the public as mementos.

“Timber will also be given to local schools, artists and community groups who have plans to give it a new lease of life within the local community, ensuring the legacy of the pier endures.”

Council has also donated a light post from the pier to the Sandgate District Historical Society and Museum, which will be restored as a light and flag pole outside the museum. It will be fitted with plaque acknowledging Council’s donation and commemorating a past member of the museum, the late Jeff Drew, who published two books about Shorncliffe Pier and won a National Trust Heritage award for his work. Page 1 of 2

Successful recipients

Community Group Proposed use
Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association - Sandgate Branch A 144m2 timber deck to allow parents to watch children participate in sporting activities like soccer (largest quantity).
Curlew Park Community Sporting Association Inc Retaining walls for a water tank installation project and a viewing platform for supporters.
Deagon Ward Councillor Brisbane City Council Pen barrels, salt & pepper shakers, and lamp stands.
Sandgate and District Historical Society Commemorative plaque (small quantity).
SANDBAG Inc Garden furniture.
VMR Brisbane Inc Outdoor furniture including new benches and tables.
The Full Moon Hotel Shorncliffe Display memorabilia (small quantity).
Sandgate Yacht Club Inc Timber furniture.
Sandgate Men's Shed Public art at Moora Park.
Local artist
Celebrating the Pier Art Exhibition, Sandgate Art Society Local artwork.
Liz Fleet - Artist Local artwork.
Dawn Conn sculpture Local artwork.
Educational groups
Bramble Bay Family Day Care Benches and furniture.
Sandgate District State High School School artwork.
Sacred Heart School Sandgate Landscaping and artwork.
Shorncliffe State School Parents and Citizens Association Sculpture representing the pier.
Year for Peace: Sandgate and Regions Peace poles as part of a garden space.

For more information about the Shorncliffe Pier Renewal Project, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] FEBRUARY 10, 2015

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