Have your say on how to protect the Coast’s wide open spaces
  • Thursday 12 November 2009

The Sunshine Coast community is invited to give feedback on ways to protect the Coast’s 110,000 hectres of unique open space by having a say on the Open Space Discussion Paper.

The discussion paper, which examines how to protect and develop the open space network and how we acknowledge its importance as urban density increases, is currently available for community comment as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s extensive Our Place Our Future planning program.

Social Policy portfolio holder Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said that our green spaces and parks provide places to relax and enjoy life, and are a critical part of what makes the Sunshine Coast great.

“We are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of the open space network for our physical and psychological well being, and for making communities desirable places to live and work,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“The region’s open space network—our parks, beaches, foreshores, mountain ranges, recreation trails, sportsfields and waterways—all provide opportunities for an active and healthy lifestyle.

“Cricket in the park, barbeques at the beach and treks through the bush couldn’t take place without our open spaces—and these places will become more important as the Coast grows.

“This papers focuses on about 23,000 hectares of recreational and community open space, managed by council and the community, such as recreation parks, recreation trails, sports grounds dunes and beaches, streetscapes and botanic gardens.”

Cr Grosskreutz said that by working together we can create quality open space areas for everyone to use.

“The look of our urban green spaces may change over the next 20 years as it faces pressure from growth and climate change.

“We need to plan now so we don’t lose the opportunities we presently enjoy to escape the urban form and provide spaces for our community to recreate, socialise and recharge,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“This paper provides information on what makes up the open space network, its strengths and threatening processes, and its value to the community.

“I invite the community to read the paper and let council know what they think are the issues facing the urban green spaces, what features they like and areas for future improvement.

“Planning for the protection and enhancement our open space network for future generations will help council achieve its vision to become the most sustainable region.”

This discussion paper will be used to prepare the Sunshine Coast Open Space Strategy. The draft strategy will be placed on display for community feedback next year and once finalised it will guide the development of the network, protecting open space values and improving equity and access for our community into the future.

The community is invited to have its say on the Open Space Discussion Paper by filling out the feedback form or by sending council a detailed submission.

For more information or to have your say:

  • Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
  • Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
  • Visit a local library or council customer service centre
  • Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.

Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.

The remaining roadshow dates are:
12 November, 3pm–7pm, Beerwah and District Community Hall, Peachester Rd, Beerwah
14 November, 9am–1pm, The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra
15 November, 6.30am–noon, Noosa Farmers Markets, Weyba Rd, Noosaville
16 November, 9am–1pm, Currimundi Market Place, Cnr Nicklin Way and Bellara Drv, Currimundi
16 November, 3pm–7pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina
17 November, 3pm–7pm, Noosa Junction, The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads
19 November, 3pm–7pm, Millwell Road Community Centre, 11a Millwell Rd East,, Maroochydore
21 November, Yandina Markets, Old Bruce Highway, Yandina
24 November, 9am–1pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, Palmwoods
26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs
29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree