Strategy to address community facilities for Kawana Waters
  • Wednesday 15 October 2008

A strategy for Kawana Waters, which clearly identifies the infrastructure required to ensure community facilities are provided to meet residents’ needs, is expected to go out for community feedback over the next few weeks after being reviewed by Sunshine Coast Councillors at today’s Strategy and Planning Committee meeting.

The draft Kawana Waters Community Development Strategy, prepared by the developer, Stockland, includes details of the community land obligations of the developer before master planning begins.

The council report, which recommends that the strategy be placed on public display for community comment and input, was referred to next week’s Ordinary Meeting for approval.

Director Regional Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said the consultation program would be used to obtain broad community input to the draft strategy which will then be collated and forwarded to the developer.

“The preparation of the draft strategy is a requirement of the Kawana Waters Development Agreement between Council and the developer – Stockland,” Mr Bunker said,

“It provides an assessment of community needs in terms of social infrastructure and programs and includes recommendations for community land including the developer’s program development obligations and Council’s obligations to provide community buildings and programs.

“The strategy will guide master planning for key developable areas such as the Kawana town centre, Bokarina and Birtinya.”

Council’s Social Strategy Portfolio holder, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, said the strategy was an important piece of the planning process for Kawana Waters.

“Its purpose is to provide guidance in relation to community development programs and determine land and facility requirements for Kawana Waters to achieve community well-being and social inclusion for both the new and the existing communities,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“The draft details the land, location criteria and type of facilities required for social infrastructure as a of result Kawana Waters’ development. It also contains initiatives that support good community development principles and outcomes.

“I encourage the community to take a look at the more than 40 initiatives, from community halls and meeting places to library and a lifeguard facility at Bokarina Beach, and provide feedback.

“This feedback will then be reviewed before the strategy is submitted to council and then the State Government for final sign off.”

The recommendation for the strategy to be approved for public consultation will now be considered by the full Council at its Ordinary Meeting to be held at the Caloundra Office on Thursday 23 October 2008.