New Zealand local government to learn from Coast experience
  • Friday 19 September 2008

The Sunshine Coast region will go on display tomorrow when more than 30 mayors, chief executive officers, councillors and senior staff from local government authorities throughout New Zealand drop in.

The contingent, representing New Zealand’s Local Government association, are on a tour of South East Queensland, visiting areas where best practice and benchmark projects are currently underway.

Sunshine Coast Council Regional Director, Regional Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said the tour would allow Council to both showcase best practice initiatives and outline the challenges the region faces due to population growth and the impacts of amalgamation.

“This is a great opportunity for Council to share with our New Zealand counterparts, the challenges we face and some of the innovative ideas, programs and strategies we are implementing to address some of those challenges,” Mr Bunker said.

“Probably, more importantly, it is also a chance to discuss matters of common interest and learn from each other’s experiences.”

The tour will include:

  • 8.30am: a walk along Hastings Street and a look at the $10 million upgrade
  • 10am: a visit to the Sunshine Coast Airport and a presentation on both the Sunshine Coast Airport master plan and Council’s Integrated Transport Plan (Noosa)
  • 11.30am: Walk along Cotton Tree Parade (as part of a tour of the Maroochydore, Cotton Tree and Mooloolaba areas)
  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm: presentation and bus tour of the Kawana Precinct, Kings Beach (to view the Kings Beach Park redevelopment program), Meridan Plains and the Caloundra South greenfield site