New Kawana Island Community Meeting Space on the cards
  • Wednesday 06 October 2010

Sunshine Coast Council is investigating the options for a new Kawana Island community meeting space, to provide local residents with a place to gather for activities like play group and yoga.

Several locations have been identified, but before this is decided upon, a design concept will be developed and the local community will be further consulted.

Council Social Strategy Portfolio holder councillor Anna Grosskreutz said that meeting spaces help to build a sense of community and encourage local residents to be involved.

"The Kawana Waters Community Development Strategy, endorsed in 2009, identified a need for a meeting space in Kawana Waters," Cr Grosskreutz said.

"Social infrastructure, such as meeting spaces, encourages social interaction by supporting community programs and activities like games activities, book clubs, fitness classes and hobby group meetings.

"These spaces help to build the community’s sense of identity and belonging and are in high demand so its important council continues to timely and appropriately deliver the facilities.

Local division four councillor Chris Thompson said that the community will have an opportunity to have their say in the design and concept phase which will help determine the size, look and feel.

"As this is a space for the local community, it’s really important they are able to have their say," Cr Thompson said.

"At this stage, the building will not be a full scale community centre but instead a meeting and gathering space with open and enclosed areas, toilets, a kitchenette, on-site car parking and landscaping.

"The meeting place encourage pedestrians and bicycle riders from Kawana Island to walk and ride to use the facilities and is not considered a generator of major traffic.

"We want to make sure the meeting place is a good example of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable facility.

"Council will be looking to establish a community reference group including representatives from council, Kawana Island residents and Stocklands for selection of the preliminary design."

The decision to progress the concept plan for the Kawana Island community meeting space was made at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 6 October 2010.