Have your say on our open space for the future
  • Monday 11 October 2010

The Sunshine Coast community is invited to have their say on ways to preserve, add to and ensure the Coast’s open spaces meet future demand, by providing input on the Draft Open Space Strategy.

The draft strategy—now available on council’s website—is part of council's ongoing Our place, Our future campaign which aims to develop a strategic approach to planning the future of the Sunshine Coast region in partnership with the community.

The draft Open Space Strategy builds on last year’s discussion paper and provides direction for the protection, growth and management of the Sunshine Coast Council’s parks, reserves and sportsgrounds into the future.

Statutory and Regional Planning Portfolio councillor Russell Green said that open space is important as it helps to support community activities and encourages people to interact with one another and be part of the community.

"Open space is a defining characteristic of the Sunshine Coast—our mountains, beaches, sportsgrounds, waterways and trails are all part of the relaxed Sunshine Coast lifestyle," Cr Green said.

"These great community assets help to create a sense of community identity and belonging.

"But there is a high demand for open space on the Coast—we know that there is already a shortage of sporting grounds and that our recreational parks are close to capacity.

"This demand is only going to continue to grow with predictions of more than 500,000 people living on the Coast by 2031, which is why it’s so important we start planning now."

Cr Green said that the Open Space Strategy focuses on areas that are council managed and controlled, such as recreation parks, sports grounds, recreation trails and environment reserves.

"Council has spent a lot of time talking to our communities about parks and gardens, sportsgrounds, trails and environment reserves—how they are shared, maintained and landscaped," Cr Green said.

"The Draft Open Space Strategy brings together all this planning and looks at ways to not only grow our future networks, but to also protect and get a better performance from the existing areas.

"I encourage everyone to send us their thoughts and views on this draft strategy, and help us to achieve our vision for a sustainable region."

The community feedback will inform the development of a final Sunshine Coast Open Space Strategy, which is anticipated to be presented to council for consideration in early 2011.

The community is invited to have its say on the Draft Open Space Strategy by sending council a detailed submission before 4 pm, Friday 8 November 2010.

If you would like a copy on CD, please call council’s customer service centre on 5475 7272.

Send feedback to ourplace@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au  or Sunshine Coast Council, Draft Open Space Strategy, Reply Paid 84374, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Qld 4560.