Community has their say on renewal of Maroochy River Foreshore
  • Friday 19 August 2011

Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, was a popular place to be on Sunday when locals turned up in force to share their views on Sunshine Coast Council’s Draft Maroochy River Foreshore Open Space Master Plan.

Council received more than 100 responses from the community on the draft master plan that was prepared after an extensive consultation process in January. Sunday’s “Meet us in the Park” community consultation session was a chance for locals to provide input on the draft master plan. Feedback via email and mail has also been received.

Division 8 Councillor Debbie Blumel said it was inspiring to see such a great turn out from the local community having their say on the future of an important environmental and community recreation area.

“The master plan will provide a framework for the detailed design, construction and refurbishment of key parkland elements, and a process for the staged implementation over future years,” she said.

“Council has conducted an extensive consultation process to date and it was great to see the large number of local people taking this opportunity to see the draft master plan and provide feedback before detailed design begins.

“It was a pleasure to see the real passion the community has for protecting and enhancing the natural beauty and unique character of the Maroochy River Foreshore.

“Significant support was shown towards improving pedestrian and cycle access and connection between the river foreshore, open space and adjacent residential areas.

“Residents also considered the provision of safe crossing points, pedestrian refuges and all abilities access very important.

“Another key objective of the draft master plan that the local people rated highly was improving the park amenity including picnic and BBQ shelters, seating and fishing areas, playgrounds and provision for passive and active recreation.

“I’d like to say thank you to the community for taking the time to come along and provide your valuable input on the future of this beautiful precinct. Your feedback has been vital throughout the engagement process to ensure the master plan reflects the community’s vision, priorities and aspirations.

“Based on community feedback council will commence construction documentation for the first stage to be delivered this financial year.”

Council has scheduled a capital funding allocation of $1.2 million for construction over the next three years.