Strategy outlines pathway to a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast
  • Thursday 14 September 2017

A long-term strategy to maintain the liveability of our region and build on its already outstanding environmental credentials over the next 25 years was endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council today.

The Environment and Liveability Strategy focuses on how the Sunshine Coast’s natural environment can be preserved and enhanced while enabling a good quality of life for all residents in an accessible and well-connected built environment.

The key objectives of the strategy are to:

  • maintain and nurture our natural environment
  • tackle the challenge of population growth
  • build resilience against the potential impacts of climate change
  • create liveable spaces and places to live, work and play
  • drive renewable energy, efficiency and technical know-how
  • live up to the expectations of future generations.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said around 3500 people connected with council through the consultation process earlier this year to inform the finalisation of the strategy.

“Our community asked to continue preserving the distinct character of the Sunshine Coast, including retaining our ‘community of communities’ and ‘village feel’,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“There is strong community recognition that the protection and enhancement of our environment and distinct landscape is fundamental to the future of our region.

“Together with our Regional Economic Development Strategy and our Social Strategy, the Environment and Liveability Strategy provides a comprehensive framework to guide and shape the future growth of the Sunshine Coast.

“It will position the region to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead of us and plan for future challenges.

“For example, this strategy clearly articulates the community’s – and indeed council’s –   position to maintain the inter-urban break located across Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council boundaries and reaffirms our view that providing supporting infrastructure is critical to accommodate population growth and ensure our liveability.

“This aligns with our vision to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the strategy was evidence the Sunshine Coast  was a region ready to take action and included strategic directions and policy intentions that would guide council’s decision-making into the future.

“Our council has already shown we are prepared to take the necessary decisions to preserve our region’s outstanding natural assets and valued lifestyle,” Cr McKay said.

“What we’ve heard during our community consultation is that there is a clear expectation council will take a leadership role in transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient Sunshine Coast.

“This strategy contains a range of actions that will help to ensure we continue down this path.”

Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson welcomed the adoption of the long-term strategy.

“We know that finding the balance between natural and built environments is essential to retaining the character, scale of development and lifestyle we currently enjoy,” Cr Dickson said.

“What this strategy clearly demonstrates is that transitioning to a more compact urban form and understanding the link between sustainability and affordability will be key components to successfully integrating our built and natural environments and building truly sustainable and liveable communities into the future.

“This strategy presents the whole Sunshine Coast community with a genuine opportunity to shape our region’s future.

 “We will implement a comprehensive plan on how we want to manage future growth in a way that protects our environment and our lifestyle that we all enjoy.”

“To activate and implement the long-term strategic directions set in the strategy, council will deliver 26 transformational actions using an integrated and targeted approach.

“These actions will benefit our environment, our economy and our lifestyle, now and in the future.”

Further information on the Environment and Liveability Strategy, including the full list of transformational actions, is available on council’s website.