- Wednesday 11 February 2009
The Sunshine Coast community is being asked to have its say on Council’s plans to create a new business, residential and recreational hub in the heart of Maroochydore.
ork has been underway to develop the concept since the State Government identified Maroochydore as the region’s future Principal Activity Centre in 2005.
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council released the Maroochydore Centre Position Paper last month in the first of a two-stage community consultation process.
Mayor Bob Abbot said Council would listen to the concerns raised by the community and urged residents across the region to make their voices heard.
“The position paper offers a framework for future development but the detailed planning is still to come,” Mr Abbot said.
“This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of Council’s broad vision and rest assured, this is not a done deal – we still have a long way to go.”
The Mayor has sought to reassure the community that the plan was far from finalised after some residents expressed fears that they could lose their homes if it went ahead in its current form.
“What we have here is an opportunity to get the planning right,” Cr Abbot said.
“Council recognises the important role Maroochydore will play in managing our future growth.
“There is no doubt that the problems facing Maroochydore in terms of traffic and congestion will get worse if we fail to plan properly.
“Under this proposal, Maroochydore will be a centre for job creation, it will offer affordable housing, and it will include significant areas of open space and community facilities.
“It also encourages the use of public transport within and outside the precinct and the design is bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.
“However I want to make it clear that the release of this document is just the first step in this process.”
Cr Abbot said this round of public consultation would end next month but there would be another opportunity for public comment during the formal consultation process later this year.
“I encourage everyone in our community, whether you work, live, shop, own a business or visit Maroochydore, to have a look at the Maroochydore Centre Position Paper and tell us what you think,” he said.
To find out more about the plans for the Maroochydore centre or to view the Position Paper visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or drop into a council library near you.