Council delivers a cool change for Donald Simpson Community Centre


Redland City Council has once again invested in our ageing community, delivering $150,000 project to replace air conditioning at the Donald Simpson Community Centre.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project reinforced Council’s commitment to supporting this vital community facility.

“The Donald Simpson Community Centre has thousands of members and is one of the largest social hubs on Redlands Coast,” she said.

“This project will ensure local and visiting seniors can socialise and enjoy the activities on offer in the comfort of a newly air conditioned centre.

“This project is on top of the maintenance of approximately $49,000 and other support provided annually to the Donald Simpson Community Centre.

“Council is committed to supporting the great work they do in our community and this project is creating a comfortable environment during both hot and cold weather and goes a long way to ensuring members continue to engage in the centre’s vast range of programs.”

Donald Simpson Centre Chief Executuve Officer, Mr Thomas Jithin, said the replacement of the air conditioning is great news for the Donald Simpsons the Centre.

“The Centre is in use six days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, and a couple of nights till 9 pm and also hosts some great shows like annual Orchid and Bonsai shows, and other expos.

“The Donald Simpson Centre appreciates Council replacing the previous older unit which was underperforming for the room size,” Mr Jithin said.

Cr Williams said the Donald Simpson Community Centre opened in 1987 and was named after former Redland Shire Clerk Donald Simpson, who served the city from 1963–1978.

“Mr Simpson was well known for his commitment to the community, holding membership with many community organisations, including Meals on Wheels, Scouts and Probus and Rotary clubs.”