Finding ways to protect our waterways
  • Thursday 29 October 2009

Climate change and population growth pose very real threats to the health of the Sunshine Coast’s precious waterways and coastal areas and it is only a joint effort between the community and all levels of government that will protect these natural assets for future generations.

The Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Discussion Paper—currently available for community comment as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s extensive Our Place Our Future planning program—discusses some of the issues and possible strategies to manage natural waterways, coastal foreshore areas and constructed waterbodies.

Environmental Portfolio holder Cr Keryn Jones said she hopes this paper will create real ‘discussion’ in the Sunshine Coast Community and encourages residents to have their say on ways to protect the Coast’s waterways.

“Sunshine Coast residents love the coast and its waterways but the recent Healthy Waterways report card indicated that the health is deteriorating because of human activity,” Cr Jones said.

“We know that water-skiers, wakeboards, fishermen, jet-skiers and canoeists already compete for water space—could the solution be to have marine zones, limiting use on the waterways, like the Noosa River?

“We know that poorly managed urban development can cause very large amounts of dirty run-off to enter our creeks and rivers—what could happen to the iconic Pumicestone Passage if the substantial urban development planned for its catchment area is not very well managed?

“We are also aware that the likelihood and severity of coastal hazards, such as erosion and storm surges will increase with climate change—so how should council and the Sunshine Coast community deal with the increased risk to our coastal areas?

“These are just a few of the issues we need to address. The reality is that if the population continues to increase, these pressures and pollutants will only get worse and in the end, it’s not just the environment, but the community and the economy that suffers.

“That’s why it’s so important that the community has a say on this discussion paper.

“The paper proposes a framework for addressing key waterways challenges and for managing the region’s rivers, creeks, wetlands, lakes and foreshores.

“It aims for a balance between the environmental, social and economic requirements of these natural assets.

“The community and all levels of government need to work together to ensure the Coast’s natural waterways remain vibrant and healthy for future generations.”

This discussion paper and your comments will help prepare the Sunshine Coast Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy. The draft strategy will be placed on display for community feedback next year and will become the platform for council’s future operations and discussions with other levels of government.

The community is invited to have its say on the Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Discussion Paper by filling out the feedback form or by sending council a detailed 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:

28 October, 9am–1pm, Eumundi Markets, Memorial Drv, Eumundi
30 October, 9am–1pm, Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, Coolum Beach
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