The future for local business on community land
  • Thursday 14 February 2013

Sunshine Coast Council endorsed the first stage of an application process that will allow local businesses to operate on community land.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council endorsed a list of proposed activities and locations for activities ranging from surf schools and sky diving to beach equipment hire and coffee vans, and a fee schedule that will be used as the framework for operators wishing to take part in the application process expected to start in March 2013.

“This is another positive step in this council’s continued support of local business on the Coast,” Cr Jamieson said.

“The process, that was developed after an extensive, regional engagement program allows council to find a balance between creating opportunities for local business while ensuring our community spaces remain accessible.

“There really is a fine line between meeting the needs and vision of the community in relation to the use of community land, small businesses wanting to use such land and of course existing and well established commercial businesses situated in proximity to that community land.

“I believe that we have gone a long way to achieving that balance.

“We can now step forward into the next phase of the application process.

“There was a lot of interest at council’s special meeting from both existing and new businesses who are keen to apply for a permit for the commercial use of community land.

“It’s now clear for all interested parties about the types, or categories, of business that will be permissible in specific areas.

“It’s also clear that the fee structure will be fair and equitable across the region.

“With current permits set to expire in June of this year the application process for new permits is expected to start in March.”

A summary of the confirmed locations and categories can be located in Appendix A Amended Adopted on council’s website.