Open Space Discussion Paper
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Jan 2016


Close to 110,000 hectares on the Sunshine Coast is considered open space. This includes publicly and privately owned land, parks, trails, reserves, bushland, beaches and waterways. Approximately 23,000 hectares is managed by council and the community for environmental, recreational and social purposes.


This discussion paper celebrates the open space network. It addresses its ongoing protection and development, recognising the need for additional formal and informal open spaces to encourage healthy, active living as urban density increases.

This paper provides information on recreation, sport and urban parkland, protection of current open space and identifies future open space locations.

Community engagement

The Open Space Discussion Paper was available for public comment from October to December 2009.

Where to from here

The Open Space Discussion Paper guided the drafting of the Sunshine Coast Open Space Strategy, which was finalised in March 2011.


Council prepared a range of papers to promote community discussion on the big picture issues to both guide the Sunshine Coast long term, and to include in the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme—the first for the region. These direction-setting documents target the triple bottom line of people, planet and productivity.



The Sunshine Coast, like the rest of South East Queensland, is expected to continue to experience rapid population growth over the next 20 years. The Sunshine Coast’s population is expected to increase by approximately 180,000 (almost 70 per cent) by 2031.

That means council needs to plan for this growth and also understand the community’s vision, and the constraints and the opportunities in meeting that vision.

Helping to make the Sunshine Coast a better place to live is the aim of a series of discussion papers that describe a future where:

  • housing better meets our needs and budgets
  • neighbourhoods are created to promote good health and opportunities to be part of a community
  • our dependence on private motor vehicles is reduced.

Each key document when finalised will help to shape our future planning.