Your opportunity to shape the region’s future
  • Saturday 31 October 2009

The first ever planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast region is now under way with the first step in the process—the Statement of Proposals—now open for public comment.

Planning for a Sustainable Sunshine Coast—a Statement of Proposals for a new planning scheme discusses the big picture issues that council anticipates the planning scheme will address.

You can make sure council is on the right track by having your say during Sunshine Coast Council’s extensive Our Place Our Future consultation program which closes Monday 7 December.

Statutory and Regional Planning Portfolio holder councillor Russell Green said creating a single new planning scheme is a historic opportunity for the community to influence the future direction of the Sunshine Coast.

“For the first time, a single planning scheme is being developed for the entire Sunshine Coast,” Cr Green said.

‘With more than 200,000 people predicted to move to the Sunshine Coast in the next 20 years, the new planning scheme will be a key tool used by council to sustainably manage this growth.

“It will help us keep our unique character and identity, and protect our much envied lifestyle and environment.

“And the Statement of Proposals is the first step in the process.”

Cr Green said the community is invited to comment on the document and get involved from the start.

“The Statement of Proposals seeks community input on the key directions for the new planning scheme, such as where do we want the Sunshine Coast to be in the future and how the planning scheme can help us to get there,” Cr Green said.

“The Statement of Proposals will be used by council as ‘drafting instructions’ for the new scheme, so the community’s input at this early stage is really important—council needs their views now, before it gets down to the detail.

“But while this is the first opportunity to participate in the preparation of the new planning scheme—it’s not the community’s only chance.

“There will be further opportunities to get involved during the next year and a half as the scheme is drafted.

“I encourage everyone to get involved from the start, and to work with council towards keeping the Coast liveable today and for generations to come.”

The community is invited to have its say on the Planning for a Sustainable Sunshine Coast—a Statement of Proposals for a new planning scheme by filling out a feedback form or by sending council a formal submission.

For more information or to have your say:

  • Visit council’s website
  • Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
  • Visit a local library or council customer service centre
  • Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.

Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.

The remaining roadshow dates are:
30 October, 5pm-9pm, Moonlight Markets Nambour, Currie Street, Nambour
31 October, 9am–1pm, Kawana Shopping World, Nicklin Way, Kawana
4 November, 3–7 pm, Cooroora United Soccer Club, Black Mountain Rd, Cooroy
6 November, 9am–1pm, Kenilworth Hall, Elizabeth St, Kenilworth
7 November, 9am–1pm, Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, Maleny
8 November, Caloundra Markets, Bulcock St, Caloundra
9 November, 3–7 pm, Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Currie St, Nambour
12 November, 3–7 pm, Beerwah and District Community Hall, Peachester Rd, Beerwah
14 November, 9 am–1 pm, The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra
16 November, 9 am–1 pm, Currimundi Market Place, Cnr Nicklin Way and Bellara Drv, Currimundi
16 November, 3–7 pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina
17 November, 3–7 pm, Noosa Junction, The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads
19 November, 3–7 pm, Millwell Road Community Centre, 11a Millwell Rd East,, Maroochydore
21 November, Yandina Markets, Old Bruce Highway, Yandina
24 November, 9am–1pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, Palmwoods
26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs
29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree