- Last updated:
- 26 Jul 2021
Check below for answers to our most frequently asked questions or get in touch with the team if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for.
What is the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project?
The Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project will be staged over several years as funding becomes available.
It will deliver an outstanding regional parkland and provide an important stimulus for the tourism, retail and building sectors.
The overall revitalisation will increase public beachfront parkland by 40 per cent, add extensive waterfront pathways and provide enhanced spaces and amenities.
The upgrade will draw on community feedback and nature as inspiration for the design intent, composition and character of the foreshore enhancements.
What will happen first?
We’re working on stage one - a regional parkland – including a new viewing platform with seating at the Alex Bluff Foreshore Park, an accessible boardwalk linking Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba, open space for the community to come together and connect with nature, a sheltered barbecue area and public amenities.
It will also include two new sets of stairs linking Mooloolaba Esplanade to the parkland and beach and a new seawall to protect our foreshore including the new community infrastructure being constructed.
Part of the funding - $4.5 million – is from the Queensland Government’s $50 million Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package for South East Queensland councils to stimulate economies and support jobs. Council has committed $6.5 million towards stage one. We’re proud to be partnering with local firms to deliver these upgrades.
When will other stages be built?
Staging options will be considered annually.
The prioritisation and staging principles are:
- build new before the removal of the existing
- maximise internal/external funding sources
- minimise multiple work fronts / disruptions with other projects
- scale to allow build periods to avoid the Christmas/New Year holiday season
- provide for sub-staged potential to align with available funding
- generate community activation / usage
- contribution to economic generators
- existing asset life remaining.
A general north to south approach is proposed, subject to annual review relative to these principles.
Has the design been updated since the Master Plan was developed?
The master plan provides a high-level concept and outlines the vision for the esplanade. Several aspects will be subject to further investigation as the project progresses and during the development of a more detailed design, which is required to progress to construction. These more detailed designs will be developed as construction gets closer.
The masterplan identifies short, medium and long-term improvements which will help inform funding decisions.
Provision of amenities throughout the foreshore has been identified as vital medium-term improvements. Components of the existing LWAV ageing facility are reaching the end of their useful life and the costs to maintain and operate it are escalating.
Extensive works would be required to upgrade the existing facility to modern standards.
Accessibility and functionality also needs to be improved.
Council is undertaking further planning to determine the next steps for provision of amenities in this central location and will keep the community informed as the project progresses.
Extensive stakeholder and community engagement was undertaken as part of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan which was endorsed by council in December 2015.
The detailed design, which evolved from the master plan, was released in August 2019. It seeks to increase public beachfront by 40 per cent, add extensive waterfront pathways and provide enhanced spaces and amenities over a number of years, as funding becomes available.
A new and improved Loo With a View is part of the detailed design.
Similarly, a standalone visitor information centre will be investigated later and a design has not been determined at this time. Visitor information centres are evolving, and while information in terms of brochures and websites will still exist, there are new ways to communicate with residents and visitors. The foreshore design retains flexibility to include a visitor information centre in the future, should such an investment be identified as a priority.
Traffic flow along the foreshore is also subject to further investigation. Consistent with the Master Plan, Beach Terrace will be closed to traffic and car parking will be removed, returning the foreshore to the community as open space. Additional and alternative parking is available at the new ParknGo Mooloolaba Central car park.
Will Mooloolaba maintain its vibrant events calendar?
The Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project will breathe new life into the foreshore, providing fresh opportunities for those special moments in life – from family barbecues on the lawn to hosting weddings, markets and events.
What other projects are taking place in the Mooloolaba area?
The Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project is one of many projects council and the State and Federal Governments are investing in to create a world-class destination, including:
- Brisbane Road Car Park Redevelopment ($23.5 million)
- Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade ($10.6 million stages 1A and 1B and stages 2-3 approx. $25 million)
- Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park Redevelopment ($3.8 million)
- Mooloolaba boardwalk replacement ($2.5 million)
- Mayes Canal pedestrian and cycling bridge ($5.15 million).
What are the construction timelines for Stage 1 Northern Parkland?
We’re working on the northern parkland thanks to a $4.5 million investment by the Queensland Government as part of the Unite and Recover Stimulus Package. This stimulus funding allowed council to start construction in late 2020.
Construction hours will primarily be between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some weekends and night works may be required. Residents and businesses will be notified.
- Early-September to early October 2020: As part of the boardwalk design works, some geotechnical works were required to obtain information about the ground conditions beneath the future boardwalk.
- Early October to 24 December 2020: Works commenced on the seawall replacement.
- Late December 2020 to early January 2021: To minimise disruption during the summer holiday period, noisy works ceased between the Christmas and New Year period.
- Early January 2021 onwards: Other elements such as the new boardwalk between Alexandra Bluff Foreshore Park and Beach Terrace, Mooloolaba, new sheltered barbecue area, new public facilities and open space will be constructed.
Timeframes may change subject to weather, site conditions and funding.
How many jobs will be created as a result of Stage 1 of this project?It is anticipated this project alone will create or support almost 600 jobs, which is a great result for this region plus result in a long-term uplift in trade for businesses in the area.
What can residents and motorists expect during the works?Council will make every effort to minimise impacts however this is a major construction project and some disturbance is unavoidable.
Construction hours for Stage 1 Northern Parkland will primarily be between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some Saturday and night works may be required. Council will provide advance notice of night works, including construction hours.
At various times throughout the project there will be:
- changes to traffic conditions – reduced speed limits, temporary lane closures, traffic and Pedestrian pathway changes and stop-go traffic control
- increased heavy vehicle movements
- construction noise
- signage and road barriers in place to help redirect motorists and pedestrians.
Dust mitigation measures will be in place.
Construction personnel parking will be contained within the construction site or in Incana Court outside of the Heart of Mooloolaba precinct, to minimise parking impacts.
Signage will help to communicate information about where car parking is available and the project to residents and visitors.
What are the benefits of the new seawall?
Our beaches are always changing due to natural coastal processes and weather patterns. Erosion can impact our beachfront, and where relocation of infrastructure is not possible, engineered seawalls are often used.
Stage one of the foreshore upgrade replaces an old, dilapidated seawall that existed for many decades to protect the previous holiday park. It has been sensitively designed by an experienced and highly qualified engineering company to protect important infrastructure and improve resilience to coastal erosion during storms. The seawall has been constructed with the present and the future in mind to withstand a 1 in 50-year storm event and allow for the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.
The seawall has been placed as far back as practical to maximise beach retention. Its gentle slope will allow waves to travel upwards and break over the rocks in heavy weather, so that the wave energy and potential to take away sand decreases. Beaches are naturally prone to an erosion season, typically in summer, due to large swells, high water levels and storm events followed by sand replenishment over the winter months. The new seawall will allow this natural process to continue.
Further information about the sea wall is available in the Mooloolaba seawall fact sheet.
What will the landscaping look like?
The Sunshine Coast is well known for its natural beauty and relaxed coastal living. A key element is the green that surrounds our neighbourhoods and towns. Council has planned for more than 1000 new plants, including almost 50 new trees, to be included in the stage one upgrade. Much of the existing landscaping will be retained where it is safe to do so and invasive weeds will be removed.
Three coconut palms had to be removed during the early stages of the work to accommodate the replacement seawall. The seawall is a vital component of the project to protect the Mooloolaba foreshore, and nearby infrastructure from erosion. The palms could not be transplanted due to their root ball growth within the old seawall, and the severe angle the palms grew on.
How will animals on the construction site be considered?An accredited fauna spotter will be in place prior to, and while, any vegetation is removed.
Where can I park during the construction of Stage 1 Northern Parkland?
Council provides a range of on-street and off-street parking throughout Mooloolaba including:
- ParknGo Mooloolaba Central car park – 700 parking spaces
- Beach Terrace car park – 96 parking spaces
- Club Lane car park – 19 parking spaces and eight Surf Life Saving only parking spaces
- The Wharf car park – 427 parking spaces
- Temporary Brisbane Road at-grade car park (fronting Brisbane Rd) – 68 parking spaces
- Incana Court car park – 110 parking spaces. Construction personnel will be encouraged to park in the Incana Court car park, ensuring the maximum number of parking spaces remain available in the heart of Mooloolaba.
On-street parking is also available throughout Mooloolaba.
Will the speed limit along Mooloolaba Esplanade change once the upgrade is complete?
Changes to current speed limits are not expected.
Will Mooloolaba Esplanade be one-way or two-way?
From Brisbane Road to River Esplanade the road will remain as one-way (heading east toward the Surf Club). From Brisbane Road heading north to the Venning Street intersection, the design currently indicates one-way traffic flow, however there is flexibility within this design to integrate two-way traffic flows if the need emerges in the future.
Will the Australian War Dog Memorial and HMAS Brisbane be relocated during construction?
To facilitate the boardwalk and viewing platform works, including the safe delivery of materials required for the project, a construction area will be created within the Alex Bluff Foreshore Park.
This includes the temporary relocation of the Australian War Dog Memorial to the northern end of the park. Council has liaised with the relevant organisations regarding the memorial.
The HMAS Brisbane will not be relocated.
Has community feedback been considered during the development of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project?
As part of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan process, a detailed community consultation exercise was undertaken over an extended period from 2012-2015, involving over 3,000 participants. This extensive engagement approach established a clear understanding of core community values, needs and aspirations which helped to generate the vision, principles and strategies of this Master Plan, adopted by council in December 2015. The Master Plan received a very high level of community support (82 per cent).
Recently, the project team held a community information session at the Mooloolaba Esplanade, as well as meetings to inform the local community of the stage one work.
How will businesses be kept up to date?
Council will liaise with businesses during construction to assist with forward planning and communication to staff and customers.
To contact the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project team email firstname.lastname@example.org.