- Thursday 27 April 2017
Sunshine Coast Council has unveiled its proposed long-term strategy to maintain the liveability of the region and build on its already outstanding environmental credentials over the next 25 years.
The Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy focuses on how the Sunshine Coast’s natural environment can be preserved and enhanced while enabling a good quality of life for all residents in an accessible and well-connected built environment.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the document was a must-read for everyone interested in the future of the Sunshine Coast.
“Our council has always maintained an entirely balanced approach in everything that we do – from our focus on facilitating economic prosperity, to maintaining the liveability of our communities to preserving and improving our outstanding natural environment,” Mayor Jamieson said
“This draft strategy now open for community comment brings together our efforts to ensure the region and its communities continue to represent the ideal location in which to live.
“We are building a healthy, smart and creative region here on the Sunshine Coast, with many opportunities before us and that is why it is important to plan ahead.
“In order to preserve our outstanding natural assets and valued lifestyle into the future, it is important that we manage our natural and built environments in an integrated way.
“We need to examine a range of factors including where and how we live, how we maintain the amount of green and open spaces, how we improve accessibility within our communities and how we embrace technology to improve the quality of life that we all enjoy.
“We know we live in one of the most beautiful places in Australia, with a natural environment that is truly remarkable.
“These are important elements of our values and indeed, our value proposition, and our council is determined to ensure that they remain that way.”
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the draft strategy included strategic directions and policy intentions that, if endorsed, would guide council’s decision-making.
Key objectives of the strategy are to:
- Maintain and nurture our natural environment
- Tackle the challenge of population growth
- Build resilience against the potential impacts of climate change
- Create liveable spaces and places to live, work and play
- Drive renewable energy, efficiency and technical know-how
- Live up to the expectations of future generations
“Our council has already shown that it is prepared to take the necessary decisions to preserve our region’s outstanding natural assets and valued lifestyle,” Cr McKay said.
“This draft strategy contains a range of actions that will help to ensure we continue down this path.
“We want to hear from as many local residents as possible, particularly young people, to ensure the strategy reflects community ideals and aspirations.”
Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson encouraged the community to give council their feedback on the draft strategy.
“This is a significant document,” Cr Dickson said.
“This strategy will help shape the way we live on the Sunshine Coast for the next 25 years and beyond.
“We are going to have 200,000 people coming to this region who will require approximately 90,000 dwellings and we’ve got two options – we sit on our hands and do nothing or have a plan for how we manage this growth.
“This is a real opportunity for residents to shape a better future for the Sunshine Coast.”
The Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy is available via the council’s website and in libraries across the region.
Community drop-in sessions will be held at the following locations:
Caloundra: Saturday 6 May Caloundra Library 9am-noon
Coolum Saturday 6 May Coolum Library 9am-noon
Maleny: Tuesday 9 May Maleny Library 3.30-6:30pm
Beerwah: Thursday 11 May Beerwah Library 3.30- 6.30pm
Buderim: Friday 12 May The Old Post Office 2.30-6pm
Nambour: Saturday 13 May Nambour Library 9am-noon
Maroochydore: Saturday 20 May Maroochydore Library 9am-noon
Submissions and feedback on the strategy can be made by completing a survey online by visiting council's website or requesting a survey from any council customer service centres.