96five Building Project Updates
Check back for regular updates as we move to our new permanent home in Taringa!
Your Support is Needed
By God’s grace and the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to raise and quarantine the $670,000 needed to start work on Level 2 of 96five’s new ministry home in Taringa! Between now and completion of Stage 1A (due mid-2024), we will need to raise an additional $288,000 for contract completion and associated works. Due to a number of challenges including, but not limited to increases in building costs, we need to conduct a short, 3-day, on-air appeal from Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th March. The purpose for this appeal will be to raise $150,000 towards the $288,000 required to ensure Stage 1A can be completed (see the drawing of Stage 1A here).
Raising the necessary funding for this Stage will see the momentous move of 96five, and the first broadcast commencing from Taringa!
Please listen for this appeal, pray for its success, or jump on board now with a gift by clicking here.
Building Plans Finalised
Great news! The building plans for Stage 1A (see the approved drawings here) have been successfully signed-off with supporting documentation submitted for building approval. It’s anticipated our builder will commence demolition and start refurbishing our new broadcast and production studios in the coming weeks.
This has been a challenging season, our building timeline and budget have been significantly impacted with some cost-increases exceeding 40% largely due the post-Covid building supply markets. In practical terms, this means that we have needed to split the planned second level refurbishment into two stages, with a smaller than anticipated first-stage set to go-ahead immediately. This is immensely exciting, we’re talking about purpose-built facilities to deliver a high-quality Christian broadcast.
New Year Building Project Update
Thanks to the generosity of our listeners and financial supporters during last years November Appeal, 91.1% of the funding goal which included regular operational costs and an additional $278,000 of $375,000 that was needed for renovation costs
Meetings continue with architect, builder, A/C contractor, acoustic engineer, electrical engineer, electrical contractor to work through building compliancy and certification, redesigning layouts and revising quotes.
Due to the increasing costs in the construction industry, fundraising shortfalls and unanticipated site enhancements, Phase 2 has now been split into two stages, Stage 1A and Stage 1B. This strategic decision enables us to exercise prudent financial management while preventing any further delays in the transition to Taringa. Stage 1A encompasses the finalisation of a recording space that will serve as dual-function on-air studios until the completion of of Stage 1B.
Here For Good – 96five’s New Home
In 2021, the decision was made by the Board and Senior Management that 96five needed to find a permanent home in our city. Moving from a temporary location to our own ‘home’ brings stability and sustainability to the ministry’s long term future as well increasing our reach into the community.
Coupled with savings and the generosity of a group of donors, 96five was able to purchase 6 Moorak Street, Taringa in 2023. This is a significant milestone in the history of 96five and is a culmination of decades of prayer and investment on many levels.
The property is located 6 kilometres southwest of the Brisbane CBD and is situated in the middle of the retail/commercial heart of Taringa Village, just off Moggill Road. Built in the 1980’s, the property is three stories comprising a basement carpark with two office levels above. A diesel generator in the basement provides 100% emergency backup power.
Want to learn more? Check out the Here For Good Investment Proposal.
Check out our new home with Tim and Christie!
While Level 1 has undergone recent renovations, Level 2 of the building is in original order and requires extension renovation to not only bring the building up to code but to build new, purpose-built broadcast and production studios.
Phase 1 – Building Purchase – Complete
This purchase is miraculous and the 96five board and management firmly believe that 6 Moorak Street is the property that many have been praying for. It ticks off 16 of the 17 items we had on the wish list including but not limited to:
- Within 10km of the Brisbane CBD
- Sufficient onsite carparks
- Line of sight to Mt Coot-tha
- Good access to major arterial
The only requirement that we were unable to meet fully was that the purchase price was understandably higher than when we first started searching for our new home.
Phase 2 – Planning and Construction – In Progress
- Stage 1A – Construction of studios, side entrance ramps, partial refurbishment of Level 2
Phase 3 – Relocation
- Stage 1B – Completion of remaining studios and refurbishment of Level 2
Phase 4 – Future Necessary Capital Works
- Stage 2 – Upgrading and construction of Unisex bathrooms on both levels, main entrance ramps, refurbishment of Level 1
- Stage 3 – Installation of accessibility elevator, construction of new entrance lobby, replacement of roof, modifying undercover carpark
How You Can Help
Your financial gift to this momentous project in the station’s almost 50-year history will be a part of launching 96five into next phase of ministry and impact.
If you’re unable to give at this time, would you pray? Pray for the construction process, and that God would be glorified through this significant transition.