Nambour Activation Plan gets the green light
  • Thursday 15 October 2015

Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed the Nambour Activation Plan, giving the community the green light to activate the hinterland town.

Divisional Councillor Greg Rogerson said council’s endorsement of the plan brought it one step closer to delivery.

“Nambour has already embraced increased business investment and the final Nambour Activation Plan further empowers the business sector and community to use their innovative ideas to build on Nambour’s strengths,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The plan has been developed as a collaborative project by the Nambour Project Working Group – consisting of local residents, members of the business and not-for-profit communities, education leaders, clergy and the Nambour Alliance – and is a culmination of previous planning and projects, community aspirations, and the outcomes of recent community consultation.

“During the consultation period, council received positive feedback about the direction of the Nambour Activation Plan.

“Based on the feedback received, the plan places more significance on being family and pedestrian friendly, improving the ‘look, feel and loveability’ of Nambour, and the importance of building on existing cultural and heritage assets.”

The plan identifies four key strategic projects:
• Creating Petrie Creek as a major pedestrian and green spine
• The Nambour Heritage Tramway Project
• Investigation of a Nambour water splash park and leisure corridor
• Connecting the town centre to the event hub at Nambour Showgrounds.

Cr Rogerson said one of the key recommendations of note was to refer a funding request to undertake a $60,000 feasibility study for the establishment of a water splash park in association with the Nambour Aquatic Centre to the 2016/17 budget considerations.

“The study will explore a range of splash park elements, consider the traffic management and car parking of the site and determine what might be viable,” he said.

Cr Rogerson said the plan was a contemporary and creative approach to urban renewal and sets a framework to guide activation of businesses, streets and public places in Nambour.

“The plan is intended to be a living document and encourages new ideas and innovation,” he said.

“Council’s endorsement of the plan is the first step towards achieving temporary and long-term goals for Nambour.

“The plan’s success relies on an ongoing collaborative approach and council looks forward to working with the community and focussing on opportunities to make Nambour an extraordinary place to live, work and play.”