Creating a sense of place at the Junction
  • Thursday 18 February 2010

The Noosa Junction has taken another step closer to an exciting and vibrant new look with the appointment of a locally based consultant to undertake the development of a Place Making Master Plan for Noosa’s much-loved shopping strip.

The appointment of Place Design Group marks the first stage in the project to develop a plan which will rejuvenate the Junction, making it an easier and more attractive place to visit and do business.

The Noosa Junction Place Making Master Plan will focus on town planning, urban design, traffic and landscaping - building on previous economic strategy work already completed in this area.

Council is now talking to the community, the business owners and all stakeholders, to get their thoughts on what the Master Plan should look like.

This information will then be used to shape the plan before the final draft document again goes out to the community for feedback – the test to see if council has got it right.

Council officer, Jamie Franklin, said place making is about capturing the uniqueness of an area – the things that make it so special - and then bringing these elements into the outcomes for the Noosa Junction.

“And the community play an important part in defining those elements. That is why the Junction will be the place to be on Saturday 13 March when we will be asking you for your thoughts and ideas,” Mr Franklin said.

Noosa Junction, with its lush subtropical greenery, has always had that relaxed, friendly pace and this Place Making Master Plan aims to integrate that feel into the streetscape plans along with good visual and traffic design, economic and ecological outcomes.

“The Plan will look at things like signage and way-finding, linkages to key nodes such as Arcadia Street, the future Transit Centre, cinema, shopping centres, The "J" and Pinnaroo Park. It will also enhance the natural "greenness" that sets Noosa Junction apart from other Sunshine Coast centres,” Mr Franklin said.

Consultation has already started with targeted stakeholders. The event on Saturday 13 March at Arcadia Walk will be the local community’s chance to have a say.

The Draft Master Plan will then be on display for feedback in late April – another chance to make sure you have a say – before going to council for final adoption in June.

The final Master Plan will be used by Council to schedule and budget future works at Noosa Junction.

For Place Making Master Plan announcements and up-dates visit council’s website or contact Jamie Franklin via council’s call centre 5475 8501.