- Tuesday 13 September 2016
The framework to revitalise the centre of Caloundra was unveiled today and now the community can have its say on building a great future for the popular Sunshine Coast town.
Launched at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Mayor Mark Jamieson said the draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan built on council’s ongoing significant investment in key infrastructure projects for the local area.
Highlights include a new town square, new community facilities, new parks and green spaces, better road access and new cycleways and footpaths, as well as initiatives to stimulate investment.
The draft plan features four distinct, interconnected precincts including the Central Park Urban Village which will capitalise on the extensive health, education, sport and recreation activities in and around Central Park to create new housing options and sporting facilities.
“The draft master plan proposes a range of economic, social and urban design initiatives aimed at securing the centre’s position as a vibrant, welcoming and prosperous hub on the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“It is the culmination of previous consultation and recent work involving council, the community, local businesses, tourism operators.
“The draft master plan is a comprehensive document anchored by a strong vision for the future of Caloundra.
“Other centres across the Sunshine Coast, such as Maroochydore and Kawana, are experiencing steady growth and it is important for Caloundra and its economy to be on a similar growth path.
“The draft master plan capitalises on Caloundra’s natural beauty, wealth of community facilities and sports activities.
“It provides a focus for new residential growth and business development and proposes short, medium and long-term actions that will be the catalyst for that continued growth.”
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan aimed to achieve greater activation, connection and vibrancy for the centre of Caloundra.
“Public input will be vital in determining the preferred outcomes,” Cr Dwyer said.
"Consultation is very important because we want to create a centre that reflects our community here in Caloundra.
“We want everyone to ‘Think Caloundra’.
“Think to yourself, ‘what would you like to see improved in Caloundra?’
“Whether it be more business and employment opportunities, more after hour’s activities and events, more and improved connections to the beach and other area, more and improved public transport and road access, or improved gateways, streetscaping and signage.
“Have a good think about what you want for our future centre.
“This special attention given to the centre of Caloundra will boost investment confidence and establish Caloundra as a leading business, employment and community services hub.
“The proposed master plan will facilitate a strong mix of commercial, tourist, community, sport, education and living opportunities.
“There is a strong focus on good quality urban design outcomes, links to the water and initiatives to stimulate investment in, and development of, several transformational sites for residential, commercial and tourism purposes.”
Community feedback will close on Friday, October 7.
Feedback received during the community consultation period will inform the final master plan which will then be presented to council for consideration.
Visit the project website ‘Have Your Say Sunshine Coast’ for a full copy of the draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan and provide your comments online.
Have your say
View the draft Master Plan and complete a survey online at haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
View a printed copy at:
- Council’s Customer Service Centre at 1 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
- The Smart Centre, 63 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. (Check the project website for opening times).
- Caloundra, Kawana and Beerwah libraries
Visit the information displays:
- The Smart Centre, 63 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
- Caloundra, Kawana and Beerwah libraries
Alternatively, post your written comments to Sunshine Coast Council, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, Qld, 4560. For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Council on 5475 7272.
The comment period runs from 13 September 2016 to 7 October 2016.