A landmark day for Palmwoods
  • Friday 14 November 2014

A future blueprint to greenness, character and prosperity in Palmwoods was yesterday endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the Place Making Palmwoods Public Domain Masterplan  would deliver the collective vision of the local community.

“The Palmwoods community has put a lot of time and effort into shaping this masterplan and its so exciting that we can now start to turn that vision into reality,” she said.

“Throughout the whole consultation process there were more than 300 individual contributions. There was also a 96% acceptance of the Masterplan by the community.”

President of the Palmwoods Progress Association Mariannje Morice said the masterplan would deliver the community’s wish for the formation of a unique town square.

“This was identified as the local community’s top priority during the consultation process with council and it will really breathe new life into Palmwoods,” she said.

“A special event will be held in Palmwoods this weekend with council and the ‘7 Senses Foundation’ to talk to our younger generation of locals and find out what they would like to see and experience in this future town square.”

Cr McKay said $2,575,000 would be invested in delivering the town square to create a ‘civic heart’ in Palmwoods.

“Detailed design will be the next stage and we hope to start construction of the town square in the near future,” she said.

“Traffic calming measures to improve pedestrian safety on Margaret Street are another key feature of the masterplan.

“Because Margaret Street is a state-controlled road under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, any works will require their approval and I am working very hard with the State Government to achieve funding so there is not a gap in the period of time when this can be delivered.”

Other key objectives of the Place Making Palmwoods Public Domain Masterplan include:
• Connecting the retain precincts of Margaret, Main and Church Streets
• Providing vibrant, active, shady urban design to encourage pedestrian and cycle traffic
• Improve local business economy and increase outdoor dining opportunities
• Develop an infrastructure palette that reflects Palmwoods’ country town character, respects heritage and reflects a new and sustainable direction

The delivery of these objectives may be contributed by a variety of stakeholders including private developers, the local community and state and federal governments.