Maleny Precinct master plan work to start in January
  • Tuesday 08 December 2009

Work on the Maleny Community Precinct master plan project will start in early January with the appointment of Gamble McKinnon Green (GMG) as the lead consultant.

GMG, who provide landscape architecture and urban design services across Queensland, will lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a final master plan to Sunshine Coast Council by June 2010.

Sunshine Coast Division five councillor Jenny McKay said this is a significant step forward for the project and, with everyone working together, predicted a great outcome.

“GMG have commenced their background research and will officially start work on the project on 4 January 2010,” Cr McKay said.

“They will build on all the work the Maleny Community Precinct working group and council have done to date.

“Both the working group and council will continue to work with the consultants to develop a draft master plan by mid April 2010.

“A final master plan is expected to be presented to council by June 2010.”

GMG will be assisted by a team of experienced professionals, including urban planner Geoffrey Walker, golf course designer GNP Golf Design, civil engineers Brown Consulting, environmental consultants Stringybark Consulting, and WD architects.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Project Director, Partnerships and Engagement, Alan Rogers said that the concept plan for the 122 hectare site, which was approved by the former Caloundra City Council on 22 November 2007, will continue to be the basis for the master plan.

“The master plan is the next stage in bringing the precinct to life,” Mr Rogers said.

“It will finalise the detail for the environmental rehabilitation of the site, the golf course layout and the proposed location of the sports fields and clubhouse as well as providing a cost estimate for the precinct and an assessment of the feasibility of the proposed residential areas.

“All the consultants will work to create the best outcome possible for the site and are looking forward to getting started on the project in the new year.”