Have your say on ways to manage waterways
  • Wednesday 25 August 2010

The community is invited to provide input on ways to manage the Sunshine Coast’s waterways and beaches, by commenting on the Draft Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy.

The strategy provides a framework and strategic direction for the management of natural waterways, constructed water bodies and coastal foreshores, and when finalised, will inform the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.

Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Keryn Jones said the feedback will help to ensure the waterways are healthy, valued and enjoyed for generations to come.

“The region’s waterways, beaches and river systems are the lifeblood of the Coast, supporting the lifestyle we enjoy and industries that contribute to the local economy,” Cr Jones said.

“They also play a fundamental role to the Coast’s ecosystem health by directing water across the landscape through streams, creeks and rivers, linking water and land animals.

“But the waterways are under pressure from population growth and climate change and each day we are presented with the challenge of managing these and other threats.”

Cr Jones said that the Draft Waterways and Coastal Management strategy proposes ways to manage these challenges.

“The draft strategy has evolved from the Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Discussion Paper that was out for public comment last year, as part of the Our Place Our Future community engagement program,” Cr Jones said.

“This strategy is a call to action to community, industry and stakeholder groups and all levels of government to support and partner with council in improving and protecting the health of our waterways and coastal foreshores.

“This is why it’s so important that people have a say on the draft strategy, even if they provided feedback on the discussion paper.

“Your feedback will help to ensure a sustainable future for the Coast’s waterways.”

The Draft Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 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 feedback will inform the development of a final Sunshine Coast Waterways and Coastal Management 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 Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy by sending council a detailed submission before submissions close 4.30pm, Friday 8 November 2010.

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