More than 1000 submissions received so far
  • Tuesday 10 November 2009

More than 1000 submissions have been received by Sunshine Coast Council as it reaches the half way mark of its extensive Our Place Our Future community engagement program.

The program invites the community to have its say on 12 direction setting documents that will guide the creation of the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and the way the region looks and feels during the next 20 years.

Statutory and Regional Planning Portfolio holder Cr Russell Green said the program has been really well received by the community and thanked everyone who had provided feedback so far.

"To date, council has received more than 1200 hits to the Our place Our future website page and has 125 fans on facebook," Cr Green said.

"The roadshow display has travelled all around the region, stopping at close to 20 locations.

"We’ve had more than 850 Sunshine Coast residents visit the displays to learn more about the extensive round of papers available for comment and to give council their feedback.

"The feedback is highlighting a range of concerns and issues, from improving public transport and managing population growth, to protecting our environment and diversifying our economy.

"People have also taken the opportunity to let council know about some of the more local issues impacting on individual communities."

If you haven’t had your say—there is still time before the Our Place Our Future community engagement program closes on 7 December.

"The roadshow display is now heading into its last few weeks and I encourage people to visit a display and chat to council planning staff," Cr Russell said.

"We are now expecting more detailed and specific questions from our community as the past few weeks have allowed the time to read and absorb the information in the documents.

"I hope everyone in our community will get involved because the feedback council receives will make a difference to our place and our future."

The papers for community comment include:

Statement of Proposals—the first step in developing the new planning scheme

  • Draft Biodiversity Strategy
  • Draft Climate Change Strategy
  • Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Discussion Paper
  • Flooding and Stormwater Management Discussion Paper
  • Sustainable Transport Discussion Paper
  • Open Space Discussion Paper
  • Affordable Living Discussion Paper (including Housing Needs Assessment Background Study)
  • Cultural Heritage Background Study
  • Canelands Discussion Paper
  • Rural Futures Background Study
  • Rural Land Use Planning Background Study

For more information or to have your say:

  • Visit council’s website
  • Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
  • Visit a local library or council customer service centre
  • Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.

    Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.

    The remaining roadshow dates are:

    9 November, 3pm–7pm, Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Currie St, Nambour

    12 November, 3pm–7pm, Beerwah and District Community Hall, Peachester Rd, Beerwah

    14 November, 9am–1pm, The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra

    15 November, 6.30am–noon, Noosa Farmers Markets, Weyba Rd, Noosaville

    16 November, 9am–1pm, Currimundi Market Place, Cnr Nicklin Way and Bellara Drv, Currimundi

    16 November, 3pm–7pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina

    17 November, 3pm–7pm, Noosa Junction, The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads

    19 November, 3pm– pm, Millwell Road Community Centre, 11a Millwell Rd East,, Maroochydore

    21 November, Yandina Markets, Old Bruce Highway, Yandina

    24 November, 9am–1pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, Palmwoods

    26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton

    28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs

    29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree