THE former Takura School will be leased to the Veterans of Australia Association to run health and wellbeing programs.
The agreement between the association and the Fraser Coast Council was adopted at today’s Council meeting.
Under the agreement, the veterans’ group has been given three years to secure funding to build a storage facility at the site before the 10-year lease starts.
The building, which is listed on the Local Heritage Register, has stood vacant for many years.
Division 5 Councillor Jade Wellings said the project will benefit veterans and the community.
“As the wife of a veteran, I am surrounded by veterans, young and old, many of whom are facing various struggles,” Cr Wellings said.
“It was suggested to me by many young veterans that they are looking for things to do, especially those that do not involve alcohol.
“This proposal gives veterans a good positive project, meaning, purpose and an opportunity to be part of a community and to develop friendships.
“It will also deliver a great outcome for the Takura and Fraser Coast community generally though the restoration of a run down but significant and loved local building.”