- Monday 09 November 2020
A vibrant new Community and Creative Hub is envisioned for Caloundra – a place where arts, community and creativity can come alive.
Thinking about what Caloundra of the future might look like, the proposed hub will create a community precinct linking The Events Centre, new district library, Caloundra Regional Gallery and a new town square through to Bulcock Beach.
So how do you imagine your Community and Creative Hub?
Now is the opportunity to share your ideas and feedback on this proposal for the Caloundra central business area.
“Creating a vibrant new town square, supported by new community, civic, and commercial development, will help to build on Caloundra’s existing strengths in business, arts, culture, education, health, sport and aviation,” Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said.
“As the Sunshine Coast continues to grow into a healthy, smart and creative region, it is projects like Create Caloundra which will continue to attract residents and visitors to the area, thanks to its natural beauty and the relaxed, community-oriented lifestyle it offers.
“So we are keen to hear the community’s thoughts to help Create Caloundra respond to the needs of current and future generations.”
Divisional Councillor Terry Landsberg said the Community and Creative Hub provided an exciting opportunity for the Sunshine Coast to celebrate what we love most about Caloundra.
“We want to know how it should look and feel,” Cr Landsberg said.
“We want Sunshine Coast residents and visitors to share what activities and events they want to experience here.
“Will there be spaces for outdoor art activations, will it be family friendly, take on an urban approach or would locals prefer more open green spaces?
“These are all questions we want our community to answer, so we can create a hub everyone can enjoy and feel connected with.”
The Community and Creative Hub project area includes a new town square and public spaces within Felicity Park and provides for pedestrian friendly streetscapes on Omrah and Otranto Avenues, connecting the new town square with Bulcock Street.
These community spaces will be supported by adjoining mixed-use development which will embed the ‘City of Beaches’ character and sub-tropical landscaping into the public realm and building design.
“We envision active street frontages including shops, cafes and businesses which will also make the Community and Creative Hub diverse and vibrant,” Cr Landsberg said.
The Caloundra Centre Activation Project seeks to revitalise and activate the Caloundra Centre area as envisaged by the Caloundra Centre Master Plan, adopted in March 2017.
The Caloundra Centre Master Plan aims to create an integrated plan for Caloundra Centre, to encourage future development in keeping with its “City of Beaches” vision including its spectacular sweeping views from the coastline to the Glass House Mountains.
The community can take the survey on council’s ‘Have Your Say’ website at haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or call 0488 844 121, day or night, to leave feedback to a pre-recorded survey. The feedback period closes on 7 December 2020.
And there’s a chance to speak to a council officer about the project and complete the survey in person at various market stalls throughout the engagement period. If you complete the survey at the markets, you’ll also have the chance to receive a $5 voucher at various Caloundra cafes (while stocks last).
You can also tell us how you will ‘Create Caloundra’ through a creative competition and be in the running to win vouchers for the Caloundra Regional Gallery gift shop and for ticket credits at The Events Centre.
How you can get involved and Create Caloundra:
15 November, Caloundra Street Fair, Bulcock St (8am to 1pm)
20 November, Currimundi Lake Twilight Market (4pm to 8pm)
27 November, Twilight Markets, The Esplanade, Caloundra (5pm to 9pm)
6 December, Caloundra Street Fair, Bulcock St (8am to 1pm)
Phone 0488 844 121