1400 plus submissions – but have we got yours?
  • Thursday 26 November 2009

Sunshine Coast residents have only 13 days left to have a say on the 12 direction setting documents that will guide the way the region looks and feels for the next 20 years.

The documents are part of Sunshine Coast Council’s two month Our Place Our future community engagement program that ends on Monday 7 December.

Executive Director of Regional Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said council has received unprecedented support from the community with thousands of submissions and enquiries since the program started in October.

“Council has now received more than 1400 submissions, showing just how keen the community is to be involved in planning for the region’s future,” Mr Bunker said.

“But as we head into the last week of the program, if you haven’t already contacted us and want to be involved in the planning of our future, now is the time to provide your feedback.”

Mr Bunker asked residents to keep an eye out for more opportunities to get involved in the preparation of the new planning scheme throughout 2010 and 2011.

“Once consultation closes, council will review all the submissions received and release a summary of the ideas and concerns raised by the community throughout the engagement program,” Mr Bunker said.

“This feedback will then be used to draft the ‘detail’ of the new planning scheme and to inform the final versions of the 12 documents.

“The draft planning scheme will be available for community comment within a year and a half and we look forward to the same enthusiastic community interest in the next key stage.”

The papers still open for community comment include:

  • Statement of Proposals—the first step in developing the new planning scheme
  • Draft Biodiversity Strategy
  • Draft Climate Change Strategy
  • Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Discussion Paper
  • Flooding and Stormwater Management Discussion Paper
  • Sustainable Transport Discussion Paper
  • Open Space Discussion Paper
  • Affordable Living Discussion Paper (including Housing Needs Assessment Background Study)
  • Cultural Heritage Background Study
  • Canelands Discussion Paper
  • Rural Futures Background Study
  • Rural Land Use Planning Background Study

For more information or to have your say:

  • Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
  • Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
  • Visit a local library or council customer service centre
  • Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.

The final roadshow displays will be held at:

Thursday 26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
Saturday 28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs
Sunday 29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree

Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.