- Thursday 11 March 2010
Council and the Maleny Precinct Working Group yesterday had a preview of the bright ideas proposed by the planning consultants designing the Maleny Community Precinct.
Sunshine Coast Division five councillor Jenny McKay said the vision for the precinct is to create an area that not only locals but ultimately the whole Sunshine Coast community and their visitors can enjoy.
“Following a number of meetings with council and the working group, the lead consultants Gamble McKinnon Green, today presented a draft of their ideas to the group for consideration,” Cr McKay said.
“This is a complex project with lots of high and differing expectations—there has been a lot of discussion to date between council, the working group and the consultants around the limitations of the site.
“But I think that the consultant’s ideas were warmly received by the working group and that good progress is being made.”
“The consultant’s are suggesting that Pattemore House becomes the primary destination for visitors arriving at the precinct.”
“They believe that the house should be conserved, and council would love to see this happen with the Friends of Pattemore House and the Historical Society working together with heritage architect Roger Todd to do this.
“Gamble McKinnon Green are also proposing that Barung Landcare now be located to the east of Pattemore House outside of the Pattemore House heritage precinct with plenty of room to expand their operations over time.
“The golf course designer has been working overtime to maximise the number of holes on the course and I think golfers will be pleasantly surprised at the proposed course layout.
“Considerable effort has also gone into achieving a balance between environmental and social outcomes.
“Council will work closely with Maleny District Green Hills to plant and develop an environment corridor and walking trails along Obi Creek and over time to develop the Obi Obi parklands in the west of the precinct.
“A lack of flat land has meant a challenge for the proposed sport facilities. However, council and Consultants are working closely with the Maleny Sport and Recreation Association to try and maximise the opportunities for field sports on the precinct.
“These ideas, along with the final master plan, will be refined with the stakeholders over the next couple of months and are expected to be presented to council in early June 2010.”