Have your say on Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve’s future
  • Friday 03 October 2014
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve concept designs

Make sure you have your say on the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve’s building renewal project by October 16.

Two architectural concept designs have been developed and are being shared with the community in numerous ways.

Sunshine Coast Council divisional councillor Jenny McKay said a community open day on September 27 was well attended.

“People engaged with the display and had a chat with the consultants and the Community Design Advisor Panel Members,” Cr McKay said.

“The feedback we received from the open day will be incorporated into the summary report along with other comments received throughout the consultation process.

“I encourage everyone to visit council’s website to review the design concepts and have a say on this next exciting chapter in the reserve’s history by October 16.

“There is still a long way to go for this project to become a reality, but finalising design concepts and costings and undertaking community consultation are critical aspects to successfully attract funding.”

Cr McKay said if successful in attracting funding, the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve building renewal project would help Sunshine Coast Council and its community partners better deliver on the Thynne sisters’ Deed of Trust which promoted exhibiting the reserve’s stunning flora, fauna and scenery.

“But most importantly, building upgrades will be sensitively designed to fit in with the look and feel of the reserve and the footprint will not extend beyond already disturbed areas.

“The concepts give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the history of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, learn about local indigenous history, industry European settlement, community groups, and the Thynne family’s wonderful gift to the community.

“Both concepts include a welcome and orientation area, rainforest ecology, a living lab and research section and a kids’ education area.

“Another section represents activity in the rainforest between dusk and dawn, giving visitors a full sensory experience of sound, light and visual displays to take them on a journey of discovery.

“One of the most important areas is the conservation space which shows how visitors can get involved. They’ll be empowered with the knowledge they have learnt from their experience and encouraged to put their learning into practice.

“The Design Advisory Panel is very supportive of and excited by the two design concepts and believes that either proposal would work and deliver on the desired outcomes,” Cr McKay said.

Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to view the design concepts, see a video and have your say by October 16.