• Monday 25 May 2015
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Is the Sunshine Coast’s heritage important to you? If it is, then you might want to take a look at Sunshine Coast Council’s first heritage plan now on public display.

The Draft Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan 2015-2020 focuses on implementing a five-year plan of activities aimed at identifying, conserving and celebrating the region’s valued traditions, memories, places and artefacts.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council had unanimously approved the Draft Heritage Plan which was developed in consultation with local heritage industry experts and volunteers.

“Council’s future actions around heritage conservation and management are guided by the Plan’s vision that Our heritage is our gift for the future," Cr McKay said.

“In that vision, Council recognises that the Sunshine Coast’s heritage can only be conserved if we act in a planned and coordinated way.

“The Draft Heritage Plan aims to provide Council with that coordinated local approach while understanding the heritage roles and responsibilities of State and Federal governments.”

Cr McKay said the Draft Heritage Plan provided a tool to guide future funding through the Heritage Levy Program and identified five priority outcome areas which would allow Council to set a solid foundation to conserve and manage heritage both now and into the future.

“Consultation occurred with key stakeholders including the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group, the region’s Traditional Owners and the network of heritage-related organisations to prepare the Draft Heritage Plan.

“The proposed public exhibition and feedback period will allow the broader community an opportunity to review the draft Plan and provide comment. The feedback will be used to refine the draft Plan before it is presented to Council for its consideration and endorsement in August 2015.”

There are a number of ways residents can review and provide feedback on the Sunshine Coast Draft Heritage Plan 2015-2020:
• Visit the manned display at the Maleny Agricultural Show on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 from 10am to 2pm and the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14 from 10am to 2pm
• Visit Council libraries and customer service centres
• Attend a free movie night at Nambour Arthouse Cinema from 4pm on Saturday, June 20 (bookings required).
• Visit Council’s website.

Visit Council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more information and to have your say on the Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan 2015-2020 before Monday, June 22.