- Tuesday 19 June 2012
Stumers Creek Park in Coolum is ready for a major facelift and Sunshine Coast Council is calling on the community to have its say on the future look and feel.
All members of the public are invited to get along to a community consultation day on Saturday 23 June between 9am to 11am to review the Stumers Creek Park Draft Landscape Master Plan and provide feedback to the designers and council staff.
Following the delay of the original scheduled consultation day, new Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said he was excited to be involved in the major upgrade of this integral community park.
"The master plan aims to provide general upgrades to the park whilst retaining the low profile and relaxed ‘local feel’ of the park," he said.
"Council has worked closely with representatives of key community and interest groups and the State Government landowner to prepare the draft master plan that is reflective of the needs and aspirations of the local community while being respectful to the surrounding environment."
Stumers Creek Park is located at beach access No.69 and is very popular with local dog owners as the beach is zoned dog off leash at designated times. The creek is also a common destination for canoeists and other outdoor recreational activities including fishing.
Cr Robinson said the area lies within a highly valuable environmentally sensitive location and holds great opportunities for environmental educational purposes.
"The park is located at the end of a ‘no through road’, off the David Low Way and forms a direct link for the Coolum community to the recreational area at Stumers Creek," he said.
"A safe pedestrian and cycling environment is therefore a high priority for the master plan.
"The park itself facilitates a toilet block including showers and dog wash, a playground, various picnic tables and seats as well as a timber shelter
"Most infrastructure requires replacement.
"The toilet block has already been scheduled for replacement, which is currently in planning by council. The master plan has taken the new toilet block design into consideration."
In early 2012 key user groups of Stumers Creek Park and the adjacent beach provided council with the following objectives:
- Retain existing natural vegetation areas
- Improve access for pedestrians and cyclists along Stumers Creek Road
- Refurbish or replace aged infrastructure (such as playground elements and furniture)
- Retain beach access for local users and dog owners
- Provide new toilet facilities incorporating showers and dog wash areas
- Improve user awareness of surrounding natural environment (such as native vegetation, weed problems, turtles and fish breeding and water quality)
- Illustrate and educate the community about the local history of the site
- Rationalise car parking with drop off zones, disabled parking areas and additional trees.
In addition to the community consultation day at the park on Saturday 23 June, from 9am till 11am, the draft master plan will be on display and feedback forms available at Coolum Library and on council’s website.
Please send your feedback forms back to email@example.com. The consultation period closes 5pm on Monday 2 July 2012.