- Thursday 30 June 2011
Not long now until local residents and visitors to the region will be able to enjoy Muller Park the magnificent.
The first stage of Muller Park’s $2.165 million revamp will kick off on Monday 4 July. The site and boat ramp will be closed to the public for four months while the civil works take place.
Division 9 Councillor Vivien Griffin said Muller Park was a very popular boat ramp and picnic spot.
"I very much regret that we need to close the whole park during construction, but that is the advice we have received from the contractor, due to the need to protect the safety of the public.
"We will aim to return the park to the people as quickly as possible," she said.
Cr Griffin said this long overdue upgrade for the park would involve a staged approach totalling more than $2 million.
"A key objective of the Muller Park Master Plan is to improve community access to and use of the park," she said.
"To achieve this, the park's drainage issues need to be addressed. Earthworks will create stormwater treatment solutions that maintain high water quality and allow floodwater to drain faster from the site.
"Right now, as park users would know, large portions of the park remain boggy and unwelcoming for long periods at a time.
"Once the drainage works are completed, we will then proceed in the next year with new picnic shelters, fishing nodes, pathways and seating areas, together with a safe, accessible toilet block.
"The historical sugar cane locomotive has been relocated to the Nambour and District Museum, where it will be lovingly restored and cared for."
Stage 1 works will start on site on 4 July and both stage 1 and stage 2 works – which includes civil and earthworks – are scheduled to be completed by October (weather permitting).
A Master Plan for the 45 hectare site at Bli Bli was endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council in April following extensive community consultation.
Cr Griffin said there were a number of very important considerations taken into account when drafting the Master Plan.
"Muller Park is situated in a rapidly growing area and is an extremely popular precinct that caters for a wide range of pursuits," she said.
"The park also has a strong Indigenous history and an Aboriginal Elder was involved in developing protection for certain locations within the park that hold strong cultural significance.
"Artwork and interpretive signage about flora, fauna and the history and culture within Muller Park will continue to be a major feature.
"Existing infrastructure like the skate park, boat ramp and basketball court will all be retained."