A step in the right direction for Maroochydore
  • Monday 14 April 2008

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council reached the final milestone in a project totalling $3.17 million today as Mayor Abbot took to the tools to begin construction on the Cornmeal Creek Pedestrian Promenade.

The construction of a four-metre wide shared promenade will realise the third stage, of the Maroochydore Urban Improvement Strategy Project, due for completion by the end of September 2008.

The promenade, costing $1.7 million will provide landscaped access for pedestrians and cyclists, connecting Horton Parade and First Avenue on the southside of Cornmeal Creek.

Sunshine Coast Mayor said that the pedestrian promenade would provide a breath of fresh air to Maroochydore centre.

“The improvements to Cotton Tree Park marked the second stage of this project and achieved a level of landscaping and tranquillity which we hope to replicate with the promenade,” Mayor Abbot said.

“The promenade will allow safe, easy access between the Sunshine Plaza and Cotton Tree, and with the provision of high quality lighting, street furniture and landscaping, will be a pleasant area day or night.”

State Government have provided 50% funding for this project as part of the Regional Centres Program.

While a number of car parking spaces will be lost to the area surrounding the promenade, the realignment of the Cornmeal Creek car park increases its capacity to absorb almost all of the lost car parks. The car park will now be accessible to pedestrians from all directions, including the Plaza, Court House, and Cornmeal Parade.