Community’s input reflected in plans for popular beachside precinct
  • Saturday 22 November 2008

The Sunshine Coast Council’s master plan for the Bulcock Beach Esplanade Redevelopment Project is on public display for the next four weeks.

Division Two Councillor Tim Dwyer said that the project design is finalised and construction documentation is currently being tendered by Sunshine Coast Regional Council, with tenders closing in December 2008.

“It’s great to see this excellent project for such a popular and beautiful waterfront precinct move a step closer,” Cr Dwyer said.

Council’s master planning process involved extensive community consultation, which is now completed. This means the plans are now on display for information purposes only.

The master plan is on display from Monday 24 November (until 19 December) in Council’s Administration Building, Omrah Avenue, Caloundra and at the Caloundra Library.

“The outcomes of that consultation were considered very closely when it came to finalising the detailed designs for the redevelopment of the Esplanade,’’ Cr Dwyer said.

“Our major priorities – which reflect the main points made by members of our community – are the protection of existing views and the environmental values of Pumicestone Passage.

“It was also clear that while people are very pleased to see these plans to enhance the Esplanade area, they also want us to retain the casual and relaxed village atmosphere for which Bulcock Beach is so well-known.”

Cr Dwyer said the planned reconstruction of the very-popular boardwalk area was another element of the plan that responds to feedback from people in the community.

Council’s project manager Steve Pollard said the master plan also retains a number of popular elements including:

  • two-way traffic flow along the Esplanade
  • the lower picnic area (opposite the southern end of Otranto Avenue), with the coastal pathway provided at street level and
  • the existing Deepwater Point carpark (with the potential for a future upgrade of the carpark considered in the location of the new public toilet facility).

Construction is planned to commence in January and will be complete by late 2009. Enquiries can be made through Council’s Customer Service Centre on 5420 8200.