- Last updated:
- 27 Sep 2022
The multiple stage Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation (MFR) project is guided by the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan endorsed by council in December 2015. The detailed design, which evolved from the master plan, was released to the community in August 2019.
This exciting project is increasing public beachfront parkland by 40 per cent and providing new community spaces, enhanced family facilities and accessible amenities - all of which aim to celebrate the natural and inclusive Sunshine Coast way of life.
The revitalised foreshore will ensure Mooloolaba, and the Sunshine Coast region, remains an attractive and competitive destination for locals and visitors.
To minimise inconvenience to the community the project has been separated into stages. Stages are being constructed based on priority and as funding becomes available.
- Stage One – The Northern Parkland opened in June 2022
- Stage Two – Central Meeting Place is anticipated for construction in 2023/24.
Future stages include:
- Central Parkland (timing undetermined)
- Southern Parkland (timing undetermined).
Stage Two: Central Meeting Place
The Central Meeting Place is located near the Brisbane Road entry point along the Mooloolaba foreshore. It will be a place where our community can arrive, meet, gather, celebrate and connect with nature and each other.
Two design concepts have been prepared to help guide the next stage of the Mooloolaba foreshore’s revitalisation, The Central Meeting Place.
These concepts, called Blue and Yellow for community engagement purposes, are based on the 2015 Mooloolaba Placemaking Master Plan and the outcomes of recent 2022 Phase One Community Engagement about the Central Meeting Place.
Read the community newsletter above then visit council's survey page.
Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4 above show comparison views of the two design concepts for Central Meeting Place.
Loo with a View update
While currently safe and functional, two independent engineering and access reports have deemed many components of the 35-year-old Loo with a View building* as close to the end of life.
The facility requires significant ongoing maintenance, and it is not compliant with current People with Disability Access or modern sustainable building design standards.
The building’s roof, timber decking and steel structure are suffering impacts from its highly corrosive beach environment.
Its surrounding decks and pathways provide limited access for those in our community with a disability, parents, carers, and those using mobility devices or prams.
Architects engaged by council for the Central Meeting Place’s design advise there are extensive design constraints associated with trying to refurbish the existing structure and ‘simply adding extra wheelchair ramps’ is not a feasible option.
In addition to the structural and accessibility issues, there are problems identified with:
- lack of protection by the existing seawall in extreme weather events due to climate change
- poor building orientation to respond to the climate conditions
- safety, security and lack of surveillance
- interruption of views from footpaths, roads and properties on the opposite side of the Mooloolaba Esplanade
- insufficient natural light and ventilation.
Removing all failing elements of the existing building would mean that only the concrete columns and block walls remain.
While these elements have some further lifespan, refurbishment is not considered economically or environmentally viable with the revitalised foreshore being created with a 50-year future design life.
The existing building must therefore be completely removed to allow for new accessible public amenities, and other community facilities to be built in the central foreshore area.
Community input will help council to determine the final design of the Central Meeting Place, including its new public amenities, which may be reimagined in a new style building in the same location or rebuilt as a similar style building in the same location (refer to Concept Blue and Concept Yellow).
*1987 project designers included architectural firm Clare Design (Architect Lindsay Clare) as commissioned by former Maroochy Shire Council. 1997 designers included John Mongard Landscape Architects with contributions by various artists.
Following Phase One of Community Engagement, council now invites feedback on design concepts for Mooloolaba’s Stage Two Central Meeting Place.
To view the artist impressions, explanatory videos and ‘share your thoughts’ visit council’s survey page.
Learn about previous community engagement on the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project below:
Community input was sought on two elements from the 2015 Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan and 2019 Detailed Design impacted by social and environmental considerations including:
- The meeting place and public amenities (Central Meeting Place): to help determine the functions and facilities residents and visitors value in the Central Meeting Place, which encompasses Loo with a View.
- Cove Kiosk (Northern Parkland): to understand what type of food and drink outlet/s should be available in the Northern Parkland.
Download the results our community’s feedback from Phase One Community Engagement
2012 - 2015
From 2012-2015, over 3,000 participants took part in the consultation exercise for the Mooloolaba Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan. This established a clear understanding of core community values, as well as needs and aspirations and helped to generate the vision, principles and strategies of the Master Plan. Council adopted the plan in December 2015. The master plan received a very high level of community support (82 per cent).
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Note: All plans, sections, perspectives, and imagery are indicative artists impressions to illustrate conceptual ideas only and are subject to further detailed design and relevant stakeholder liaison and approvals.