- Thursday 20 June 2019
Sunshine Coast Council’s vision to deliver a world-class centre for Caloundra has taken another step forward following council’s decision to proceed with a number of key components within the Caloundra Centre Activation Project.
Key components of the master plan approved by council at its June Ordinary Meeting (Thursday, June 20) include:
- Endorsing an urban design concept to guide detailed planning and design of the “Community and Creative Hub”
- A new library in the current Administration Building – subject to further feasibility investigations
- The size and location of a new town square connecting Bulcock Street to Omrah Avenue, new library and The Events Centre
- A new and enhanced Caloundra Regional Gallery adjoining the town square
- A key development site at the existing Caloundra library location
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the approval is the next step in the implementation of the adopted Caloundra Centre Master Plan which, following extensive community consultation, was endorsed by council in 2017.
“The master plan seeks to capitalise on opportunities to redevelop the city centre, attract new businesses, increase residential and visitor accommodation and improve vehicle and pedestrian access,” Cr Dwyer said.
“With other centres on the Sunshine Coast, such as Caloundra South, Maroochydore and Kawana and, in the future, Palmview, experiencing steady growth, it is important for Caloundra and its economy and community to be on a similar path.
“This special attention given to the centre of Caloundra will boost investment confidence and establish Caloundra as a leading business, employment, cultural and community service hub.
“In particular, plans for a new town square, Otranto Avenue street park, increased mixed use development, a gateway into Bulcock Street and improved community facilities will all help to shape our healthy, smart, creative region.
“Overall, the Activation Project has a strong focus on good quality urban design outcomes, links to the water and initiatives to stimulate investment in, and development of, several sites for residential, commercial and tourism purposes.
“Council has also retained the character and charm of our beachside communities in Caloundra, with the 2014 Planning Scheme strengthening the low density residential character in the beach suburbs of Shelly, Moffat, Dicky and Golden Beaches.
“We have developed a vision for Caloundra and now we are acting to make that a reality.”