- Last updated:
- 31 Jan 2023
The Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project (MFR) 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 for many years to come.
The multiple stage project is guided by the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan endorsed by council in December 2015. At the Ordinary Meeting in January 2023, the Master Plan was amended to reflect changes to the Stage Two Central Meeting Place.
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 COMPLETED (Opened in June 2022).
- Stage Two – Central Meeting Place DESIGN STAGE (Early 2023) Anticipated for construction in 2024.
Future stages include:
- Central Parkland (timing undetermined)
- Southern Parkland (timing undetermined).
Stage Two: Central Meeting Place
The Central Meeting Place is the next stage of the foreshore to be revitalised.
This 6500 square metre beachfront precinct is located near the Brisbane Road entry point along the Mooloolaba Esplanade. It features new viewing decks, meeting places, picnic areas, beach showers, significant landscaping, integrated seawall, and a coastal pathway.
Stage Two involves replacing the existing Loo with a View due to its aged state and accessibility issues – while still maintaining public amenities in the same location.
In 2022, the community shared their thoughts on two design concepts for the Stage Two Central Meeting Place, referred to as Concept Yellow and Concept Blue via council’s survey page.
Feedback received from more than 1300 surveys and conversations with the community and stakeholder groups showed a clear preference for a reimagined foreshore with Concept Blue receiving 75 per cent support.
Council endorsed the community's preferred option in January 2023 as the final design outcome for the Stage Two Central Meeting Place.
The project will now proceed with detailed design - amending the previously adopted Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan endorsed in 2015.
Funding and construction timelines for the next stage of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation are yet to be determined and council will continue to keep the community informed.
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:
- building orientation to respond to the climate conditions
- safety, security and lack of surveillance
- compromised 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.
*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.
Learn about previous community engagement on the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project below:
The community were asked to share their thoughts on two designs for the Central Meeting Place, referred to as Concept Blue and Concept Yellow via council's survey page.
Feedback received from more than 1300 surveys and conversations with the community and stakeholder groups showed a clear preference for Concept Blue with 75 per cent support.
Download the results of our community’s feedback here.
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 of 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).
Project news and updates
Keep up to date on the project as it progresses through the construction notifications and plan updates.
Alternatively, you can subscribe for online project updates.
Contact the project team
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.
Find out more with Frequently Asked Questions.
Visit the OurSC site to read recent media stories about the Mooloolaba Foreshore.