Commercial Use of Community Land Policy surveys close soon
  • Friday 18 March 2011

Have you had your say about Sunshine Coast Council’s policy and process for regulating the business use of public land?

The Commercial Use of Community Land Policy was developed with the aim of achieving a balance between the increasing demands for business use of community land and the need to ensure public safety, access to, and enjoyment of, the land.

Council is currently conducting a review of the policy and the tender process. There are two surveys – one aimed at the business sector and the other for the general community – available for feedback on council’s website until this coming Sunday (20 March).

Economic Development and Council Entrepreneurship Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan said council welcomed feedback from the community about the policy and tender process as part of the review.

"As this was the first time Sunshine Coast Council had issued tenders for the commercial use of community land, we need to ensure the policy and the implementation process is achieving the objectives that we agreed to and which our community supported," Cr Brennan said.

The implementation of the Commercial Use of Community Land Policy involved a tender process for permits with the first round of tenders closing in July last year. At that time, a total of 63 valid tenders were received for different business types across a number of locations on the Sunshine Coast.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council was committed to working with the community to provide a permit system which allows for the best use of the Coast’s much loved beaches, foreshores and parks.

"We want to strike the right balance for the local business operators, the general public and any environmental impacts such businesses may cause," Cr McKay said.

If you would like to have your say about the council policy or tender process, you are invited to complete a questionnaire which can be accessed on the ‘Community Engagement’ section of council’s website.

The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20 March 2011.

Recommendations from the review of the Commercial Use of Community Land Policy will be presented to council by the 30 April 2011.