Viewing decks and new pathway planned for Moffat headland
  • Saturday 21 February 2009

The Sunshine Coast Council is planning a new pathway and a series of viewing decks overlooking one of the region’s great coastal vistas at Moffat Beach headland.

Councillor Tim Dwyer said the concept plan reflects extensive input from the local community during development of the 2004 Caloundra Coastal Pathway Master Plan.

“This is an excellent project that will bring a lot of benefits to locals and visitors who enjoy this beautiful part of Caloundra,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Council’s concept plan is a reflection of the feedback we’ve received over the years from our community and we are now welcoming further comment on the plan.”

Cr Dwyer said the following upgrades (strongly supported by previous community consultation) are proposed as part of this project:

  • Pedestrian shared pathway: An existing 200m section of narrow footpath will be replaced with a continuous 2.5m wide concrete shared pathway.
  • Viewing decks and timber pergola: A series of lookout decks nestled between existing trees and a timber pergola will be constructed at Ma and Pa Bendall Park. These elements will create a resting place for pathway users and visitors to the location, with excellent views over the cliff edge and the ocean.
  • Landscaping and trees: Native groundcovers and low shrubs will be planted around Ma and Pa Bendall Park to add to the site’s casual coastal character. As part of these plantings, four new trees are proposed to create shaded areas for seating.
  • Carparking: The existing six car parks at Ma and Pa Bendall Park will be reconfigured to allow for the proposed works. Two will remain on top of the headland and four will be relocated to the beachfront. No car parks will be lost as part of this project. The anticipated popularity of the requested viewing decks is considered to bring benefits that far outweigh the reconfiguration of the parking arrangements.
  • Equitable access: Council is committed to providing equitable public space areas. A disabled car park, with an access ramp leading to the timber deck, will be provided at the top of the headland.

Council’s landscape concept design for the project is open for comment from Monday 23 February to Friday 13 March 2009, at the following locations: Selected Moffat Beach shops; council’s Caloundra administration building and on council’s website:

Feedback can be provided to council’s Senior Landscape Architect, on telephone 5420 8200 or by mail to Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Office, PO Box 117, Caloundra, 4551.

The Coastal Pathway along Queen of Colonies Parade at Moffat Beach headland is a key section of the Sunshine Coastal Pathway which will ultimately extend 96km from Golden Beach to Noosa.