Innovative way forward for Maroochydore
  • Wednesday 29 September 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will pursue innovative financial arrangements to assist with relocation of the Horton Park Golf Club in an effort to progress plans for the Maroochydore CBD.

At today’s special meeting, council agreed it was essential to finalise an infrastructure agreement for the principal activity centre before the Structure Plan is submitted to the State Government.

Mayor Bob Abbot said it was an extremely significant job creation project for the region and council was determined to see it through.

“We want to ensure that Maroochydore is a vibrant, well designed precinct with good public transport, open space and a mix of residential and commercial development which will promote long term sustainable jobs for this community,” Cr Abbot said.

”Relocation of the golf club site is central to our vision and we are prepared to commit funds and resources to make that happen.

“However council needs certainty about how infrastructure will be funded before we finalise the structure plan—because we don’t want ratepayers left with a $150 million bill.

“Discussions are continuing and we’re confident we can negotiate an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties.”

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan, who has presented this entrepreneurial model to council, said development of the Maroochydore Principal Activity Centre was essential to create jobs and new opportunities for the region.

“This project also presents council with an opportunity to show leadership by thinking outside the square,” Cr Brennan said.

“We have explored all our options and we’re prepared to adopt an innovative approach to help the golf club relocate, that exposes ratepayers to minimal risk.

“What we are proposing presents this council with a fresh approach to the management structure and direction will take in developing the Maroochydore PAC.

“It will provide security for our chosen future and an innovative participatory role.

“Our primary objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for the Sunshine Coast community, by delivering a plan that will help build our region’s prosperity well into the future.”

Horton Park Golf Club Director Relocation, Tony Nicholson said the club was happy to continue negotiations with council which would allow a proposal to be put to club members.

“The club’s board remains committed to engaging with all relevant stakeholders about the Principal Activity Centre, while ensuring that the interests of the club and its members are protected,” Mr Nicholson said