Sunshine Coast ecological park
Council has commenced the next phase of planning for an ecological park located on 65 hectares of land adjoining the Mary Cairncross scenic reserve.
"A place of cherished nature and ecological wonder for generations to discover and enjoy"
Sunshine Coast Council has commenced the next phase of planning for an ecological park located on 65 hectares of land adjoining the Mary Cairncross scenic reserve.
The project provides an opportunity to create a unique ecological park, inspired by the beautiful natural environment and expand accessible green space on the Sunshine Coast.
Developing a new ecological park that services the entire region enhances the conservation and recreation credentials for the Sunshine Coast community and for visitors to enjoy.
Vision and values
The vision for the park is to create a place of cherished nature and ecological wonder for generations to discover and enjoy.
The vision for the park is underpinned by 6 core values:
- An ecologically valuable, resilient and connected landscape
- A place that welcomes people to learn, play and contribute to the future
- A place inspired by nature
- An immersive experience that promotes balance, respite and revival
- A place of expected and spontaneous discovery
- A place that shares the stories of people, culture and the natural history of the region.
Following council’s acquisition of land between 2016 and 2018, a detailed site investigation and feasibility assessment were completed in 2021 to ensure the concept of an ecological park on this land was achievable.
The next phase of the project is to develop a master plan and strategic business case to guide future detailed design and construction over the next 5 to 10 years.
The master plan is being prepared with the input of the community to ensure the project delivers the desired mix of park activities, education and ecological restoration. It is anticipated that the master plan will be completed in 2023.
Input from the Sunshine Coast community will inform the planning for the new park. There will be 3 engagement stages throughout the planning process.
Stage 1: the information sharing and gathering stage (stage 1) was completed in May 2022 and received a strong response, with more than 500 people participating in a range of engagement activities across the Sunshine Coast.
This engagement tested the vision and values for the project. Stage 1 feedback is intended to inform key strategies to guide the design of the ecological park and based around three themes being:
- Recreation and wellness
- Ecology and restoration
- Research, education and culture.
Learn more about the stage 1 findings (PDF, 156KB).
Stage 2: sharing, testing and seeking feedback on the ideas and preliminary activities with the community and stakeholders was completed in September 2022.
Learn more about the stage 2 findings (PDF, 262KB).
Stage 3: the draft master plan was available online from Monday 6 March - Monday 20 March 2023 for public feedback. Council is currently reviewing community feedback to help refine the draft master plan before being finalised and considered by council.
Upon completion, a summary report of stage 3 findings will be made available on the Have Your Say website.
Excellence advisory panel members
In addition to the public consultation, an excellence advisory panel and community reference group have been established to help inform the development of the master plan.
|Spencer Shaw||John Wright|
|John Mainwaring||Ella Woodborne|
|Angela Wright||Alan Hoban|
|BJ Murphy||Cathryn Chatburn|
Community reference group members
|Rosa Lohrisch||Lindsey Bowles|
|Charne Turner||Desmond Crane|
|Natalie Frost||Rick Vickers|
|Jillanne Leach||Peter Stevens|
|Darren Gilson||Tamara Kowitz|
For more information on the ecological park, please email [email protected].