Have your say on the draft plan for Gardners Falls
  • Tuesday 20 March 2018
Gardners Falls- CREDIT: Darcy Duckworth

Gardners Falls- Photo courtesy of Darcy Duckworth

Residents, businesses and community volunteers will have the opportunity to share their views on the long-term management of Gardners Falls at Maleny, with council releasing a draft landscape and management plan for consultation.

The plan identifies a range of key issues at the popular hinterland site, and outlines a number of proposed actions designed to:

  • conserve and enhance the reserve's environmental values;
  • provide accessible, sustainable, nature-based recreation opportunities and;
  • enhance the scenic and cultural amenity of the reserve.

“Gardners Falls is a beautiful spot and we appreciate that it is fast becoming one of the hinterland’s biggest drawcards for visitors,” Cr Jenny McKay said.

“This increase in popularity means it has also experienced some ‘growing pains’ over the few years, particularly in relation to parking and access to the site.

“Investigations identified a range of issues including access to the site, car parking, signage, rubbish removal and anti-social behaviour.

“Council has already taken action to address some of these issues, such as increasing the regularity of rubbish services, upgrading the toilet facilities and consulting with key stakeholders and adjacent residents about the future management of the falls.

“Rather than address these issues on an ad-hoc basis, we want to work with local residents, nearby businesses and the wider community to create a safe, enjoyable environment for all visitors now and into the future.

“I encourage everyone to view the draft landscape plan. Their feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

“Once feedback has been considered, council will be in a better position to move forward with updating this special swimming and picnic spot.”

Submissions on the draft landscape and management plan can be made via council’s website and close on Friday, April 23.

The finalised plan will be presented for endorsement later in the year.