Future heart of Nambour set to beat loud
  • Friday 18 August 2017

Revitalising the Petrie Creek precinct into a green, community heart of Nambour – that’s the aim of the Petrie Creek Parklands Open Space Master Plan that was unanimously endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council today.

Local Infrastructure Delivery Portfolio and Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the $2.2 million master plan was a key component of the Nambour Activation Plan.

It will provide a recreational parkland area linking to Nambour’s town centre that encourages health and well-being and enhances the natural environment.

“The Petrie Creek Parklands Open Space Master Plan has been the subject of very comprehensive community consultation and feedback since 2009,” Cr Rogerson said.

“As a result of this very thorough process, I’m extremely confident that council has captured the collective vision of the Nambour community and this master plan reflects their priorities and aspirations and provides a terrific blueprint for the look and feel of the Petrie Creek parkland network for the next 10 to 20 years.

“The master plan also supports Nambour’s role as a Major Regional Activity Centre, as outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.”

Full details of the Petrie Creek Parklands Open Space Master Plan will soon be available to view on council’s website.

Council will continue to implement the master plan in accordance with capital works funding and will seek State and Federal Government grant funding for specific elements of the project where appropriate.

Cr Rogerson said the endorsement of the Petrie Creek Parklands Open Space Master Plan was an important milestone for the Nambour Activation Plan implementation.

The plan will become the foundation to the revitalisation of the creek and parklands and to support Nambour as a great place to live, work and play into the future.

“With Nambour’s population set to increase by 34% between 2016 and 2026, there will be a need for a variety of retail and social outlets to accommodate our population increase,” Cr Rogerson said.

“As the local councillor, I want to see Nambour evolve and reach its full potential and the Nambour Activation Plan will help to achieve that.

“Ultimately this plan belongs to the Nambour community and council’s role is that of an enabler and an advocate for the township.

“So the success of the Nambour Activation Plan rests largely with the Nambour Alliance, local businesses and land owners, community organisations and the broader community. In essence, everyone has a part to play in Nambour’s future.

“To date, as part of the plan, council has invested in or committed to new infrastructure at the Petrie Creek Parklands, Nambour Showgrounds, the Old Ambulance Station and the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project.

“Council has also provided support for activation activities within Nambour, including the Drawn Together street artworks program, the Nambour Soundtrail, Nambour’s Vintage & Retro Trail and the NamJam busking and street performance competition.

“Council has already committed $250,000 towards upgrading the Nambour forecourt which is being more used often now for events like the Currie St Crawl and hosting daily board games from the library.

“At its June Ordinary Meeting, council voted to contribute additional resources and progress several key elements of the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project.

“Council will help in the purchase of the tram with funds from its existing project allocation and consider additional funding in the future if required. 

“Council also agreed to lease 28 Mill Street to The Nambour Tramway Company (TNTCo), a not-for-profit company, under a community lease for the purposes of constructing the western terminus building and visitor information centre.

“TNTCo will seek in-kind construction support, leveraging volunteered services and materials to help achieve the building of the terminus within the allocated budget.

“TNTCo has successfully raised more than $650,000 through its fundraising efforts, which include the popular Tramfest street parties and a Federal Government grant of $500,000, awarded through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“Council recognises the importance of this project for Nambour and the Sunshine Coast and will continue to contribute additional funding to ensure it can be delivered for our community and visitors to enjoy.”