Community invited to shape future plan for Mooloolaba
  • Friday 04 September 2015
Place Making Mooloolaba Project SketchThe Mooloolaba community wants a vibrant place with exciting parks and entertainment areas, better pedestrian access, cycle links and car parking, and a stimulated local economy.

That’s what they told Sunshine Coast Council as part of its Place Making Mooloolaba project and Council has used that feedback to develop a draft master plan.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said Council was now inviting the community to provide comment on the draft plan.

“This is the community’s chance to help shape Mooloolaba’s future,” Cr Thompson said.

“The master plan aims to shape the future of Mooloolaba as an outstanding tourism and residential area.

“More than 1000 Mooloolaba residents, business owners and visitors had their say on its direction in May, and that feedback is the foundation of this plan.

“The plan includes artist impressions to help people visualise the opportunities that have been identified.

“A number of previous studies carried out in Mooloolaba have also been taken into account.

“The master plan provides a unified approach for delivering current and future Council projects, such as Brisbane Road widening and light rail.

“These projects are further supported by opportunities for open space, tourism, and development initiatives.”

A proposed vision statement sums up the draft master plan:

Immerse yourself in, on and under the water at Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is a world class beach front destination that embraces and sustains its outstanding natural beauty. It is a healthy and active place that celebrates its unique location, connecting ocean to river and headland to spit.

Cr Thompson said this next phase of community feedback would help shape the final master plan.

“The final master plan will be presented to Council for consideration later this year,” Cr Thompson said.

“Council is taking proactive steps on a few key projects which were identified previously and supported in the initial community consultation.

“We’ve called for Expressions of Interest for development of the Brisbane Road car park site and started work to upgrade the street-front on the beach end of Brisbane Road, and construction is underway on the Mooloolaba-Minyama separated bikeway.”

Visit Council’s website to read the master plan and provide feedback by September 30.