Call for businesses wanting to operate on Coast beaches
  • Tuesday 03 November 2009

Anyone interested in operating businesses on public beaches, rivers, foreshores or parks is invited to register expressions of interest with the Sunshine Coast Council from today.

Current and potential operators wanting to run businesses such as surf schools, boat hire or fixed location food vans on council-controlled community land are among those expected to register their interest with council.

Council will also seek community feedback on the types of commercial activities residents are happy to see on public land, including Noosa’s main beach, the Cotton Tree foreshore, and Happy Valley in Caloundra.

Council will assess the types of activities businesses hope to run against the community’s wishes, before calling for tenders next year.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Cr Jenny McKay said council’s new permit policy was open and transparent, giving operators the chance to compete for tenders to run businesses in locations that are on prime public land.

“Community land is in high demand for commercial activities,” Cr McKay said.

“This new policy allows council to meet its obligation of preserving public land for the community while at the same time recognising that commercial activities can enhance community enjoyment by offering more recreational choices.

“That’s why we will be consulting with the community over the coming weeks to ensure that they are happy for council to allow public land to be used for these purposes.”

Interested operators have from today until 5 pm on Friday 20 November to register their interest with council and can download the Registration of Interest form from council’s website.