Maleny Community precinct proposal under review
  • Thursday 22 May 2008

Sunshine Coast Regional Council will review the 124 hectare Maleny Community Precinct Project in an effort to give the proposal direction and move it forward.

The review will be of the documentation which informed the preparation of the Revised Concept Plan for the precinct which was presented to the former Caloundra City Council late last year. The plan, which was later amended by the Caloundra City Council at a subsequent meeting, set out the broad environmental, land use, infrastructure and development intents for the greenfield site. It includes a golf course, a hinterland park and garden, walking trails, community facilities and limited residential use.

At the Sunshine Coast Council’s Strategy and Planning Committee meeting today, Chair Vivien Griffin, said the review process would help the new Council gain clarity on the proposal and the history to date.

“Within a three month time-table we want to review the project in order to allow us to confirm the preferred direction of the precinct,” Cr Griffin said.

“Generally, the precinct seems to have the support of Council – it is a great idea and will deliver some great outcomes to the community. However, as always, the devil is in the detail and we need to review all mapping, options, and community feedback to ensure we are on the right track.”

The Committee’s recommendation, which will go to the General Committee of Council for consideration when it meets on Monday (26 May) at Council’s Tewantin office, has also addressed the need to hold discussions with Barung Land Care, one of a range of community groups anticipating a move to the proposed precinct.

Division 5 Councillor, Jenny McKay, a member of the committee, said Barung needed to have the verbal agreement reached last year about their relocation, formalised.

Councillor McKay said she welcomed the review.

“It is necessary for the new Council to establish its view on the project and understand the need to deliver good outcomes for the whole community.”

Once the review is completed, the precinct’s concept plan will then go back out to the community before work starts on an overarching Master Plan and Concept Plan.