- Friday 20 August 2010
Bli Bli’s green riverside heart at Muller Park is to receive a makeover that will enhance its useability and popularity for both fisherfolk and those wanting to enjoy a family picnic.
Division 9 Councillor Vivien Griffin advised that council is now seeking community feedback on the draft Muller Park Master Plan, which will be displayed at the community noticeboard in front of the IGA, River Markets from 25 August to 12 September.
“A key objective of the Master Plan is to improve both community access to the park and its useability, to meet the needs of the growing Bli Bli community,” Cr Griffin said.
“The park is a well-loved local fishing spot; the boat ramp, which is in good condition, will be retained and more fish cleaning stations are planned. Boat-trailer parking will also be improved and the playground will be upgraded.”
Cr. Griffin said that she was also delighted that new infrastructure would include additional pathways, a large community shelter, new seating, a revitalised playground and formalised car parks.
It is proposed that the existing recreational and community infrastructure including the skate bowl, boat ramp, multi-sport court, picnic shelters and playground remain onsite.
Muller Park is rich in Indigenous and European history. Gubbi Gubbi shell middens are evident at several points and the site was utilised by European oyster farmers from the
1880s. The shell middens will be protected and interpretive signage will enhance park user experiences, educating visitors about the park’s history.
“An important practical issue in maximising community use of the park will be to tackle the current drainage problems,” Cr Griffin said.
“Earthworks will create stormwater treatment solutions that maintain high water quality and allow floodwater to drain faster from the site.”
It is proposed to relocate The Bli Bli sugarcane locomotive to the Nambour and District Historical Museum. It will then be restored and cared for by the experts who restored The Coolum and The Eudlo locomotives. and celebrated as part of the Sunshine Coast’s rich sugar cane story.
Construction works are scheduled to commence in the 2010/11 financial year.
Council invites community feedback during the public display of the draft master plan. The Muller Park Master Plan can be viewed at the Bli Bli community noticeboard, in front of the IGA from 25 August and on council’s website. The deadline for feedback is 15 September.