Future direction of key Golden Beach sporting precinct
  • Thursday 13 March 2014

A Sunshine Coast Council Master Plan for the Reserve 1000 sports precinct at Golden Beach will determine the future direction of this important southern reserve.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said several studies in recent years had flagged Reserve 1000 as a key sport and recreation precinct requiring additional coordinated planning, development and management to provide increased sport and recreation opportunities.

“The master plan will provide direction for the long term use of Reserve 1000, including land and facilities utilised by the Caloundra City Soccer Club, Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Caloundra Panthers AFL Club, Caloundra Little Athletics, Caloundra District Indoor Bowls Association and the Caloundra and District Rugby League Club,” Cr Dwyer said.

“It will analyse previous planning and will also explore current and future needs of user groups and the community to identify future development priorities.

“The site also has some unique environmental qualities and provides an important habitat for a number of significant and protected flora and fauna species.

“It will be critical for the master plan to balance these important environmental issues with sporting, recreation and community use.”

Council has commissioned recreation planning consultants Strategic Leisure Group to prepare the Master Plan. They will be supported by Landscape Architects Rounsefell Design and independent Transportation, Traffic and Planning management experts MRCagney.

Managing Director of the Strategic Leisure Group, David Mason said he was keen to hear the community’s views about needs and priorities for the Reserve.

“We will be conducting a workshop with site users and will also be distributing surveys to user groups, schools and the community,” Mr Mason said.

“We want to ensure we speak with all key stakeholders and encourage residents to complete an online survey which will be available via council’s website in the coming weeks.

“Concept plans for Reserve 1000 will be prepared over the next couple of months and released for residents to provide comment.”

Cr Dwyer encouraged residents to get involved and have their say on this important master plan.

“Sport and recreation are very important to residents of the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“We want to make sure that as many people as possible have an opportunity to have their say. There will be a range of different ways for people to provide their feedback including a ‘Meet us in the Park’ event which is in the planning stages and by visiting council’s website.”

For more information about the study, residents can contact council’s Sports Development Officer on 5475 7272 or by emailing mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .