- Thursday 12 October 2017
Sunshine Coast Council has accepted a recommendation of the independent Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group to extend the timeframe to consider groyne renewal options at the Maroochy River to March 2018.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the group’s chair, Professor John Martin, had requested extra time to ensure local residents and community groups had the opportunity to make formal representations to the group before it compiled its report to council.
“Following an extensive community consultation process that saw 350 people engaged in information sessions and 843 people respond to our online survey, it’s important that we ensure the consultation group has adequate time to consider views of the community, and compile that feedback to assist council in our decision-making,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council appreciates that this is an important issue, and we want to ensure we get this process right.”
Professor Martin said the group had held two meetings since its formation in August, and was in the process of analysing submissions from individuals and community groups.
“We have received a great response from the community, and we will now be inviting some people who have lodged submissions to make representations to the group,” Professor Martin said.
“This comprehensive process does take a little extra time but will ensure the community’s views are canvassed and presented to council for consideration early next year.”