- Last updated:
- 28 Jun 2022
The multiple stage Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation (MFR) project is guided by the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan endorsed by council in December 2015.
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.Combined with significant revegetation, new planting and protection of the foreshore, the project will deliver major economic benefit to Mooloolaba and further position the famous esplanade as a world-class destination for locals and visitors.
Stage One: Northern Parkland
The new Northern Parkland opened in June 2022. It includes:
- a new 200-metre-long accessible boardwalk and viewing platform
- open grass spaces to picnic, play ball, or host weddings and entertainment events
- new beach access points
- sheltered barbecues and dining tables
- state-of-the-art Adventure Playground
- Ocean view deck
- new public amenities offering People with Disability access and ambulant facilities
- upgraded seawall to protect our foreshore
- accessible pathways and public seating
- provision for SmartCity technology
- more than 120 new trees and 10,000 new plants.
The Queensland Government has invested $4.6 million into Stage One through the $50 million Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package for south east Queensland councils to stimulate economies and support jobs. Sunshine Coast Council has committed $11.5 million towards Stage One and is proud to have local firms deliver this new parkland precinct.
Stage Two: Central Meeting Place
The next stage is the Central Meeting Place which 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. Stage Two: Central Meeting Place has been prioritised for construction in 2024/25.
Like Stage One, future stages will be planned and constructed in sections to minimise inconvenience to the community, and as funding becomes available.
Loo with a View update
Convenient and accessible public amenities for our community form an important part of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project. Both the Northern Parkland (Stage 1) and Central Meeting Place (Stage 2) include public amenities.
The existing Loo with a View is located in Central Meeting Place and has been an iconic part of Mooloolaba’s foreshore for over 25 years. The building is located on the Mooloolaba foreshore, near the Brisbane Road arrival point and comprises public amenities including toilets and showers, public seating, a viewing and event deck and local artworks. Its design is based on a boat, recognising Mooloolaba’s strong nautical heritage.
Commissioned by the former Maroochy Shire Council in 1997, the project designers included architectural firm Clare Design (architects Kerry and Lindsay Clare) and John Mongard Landscape Architects (landscape architect John Mongard) with contributions by various artists.
Recent independent engineering and access assessments have revealed that the ageing Loo with a View building does not meet current Universal Access (People with Disability Access) requirements, or modern sustainable building design standards, and is subject to the escalating impacts of climate change.
To meet modern building design standards and Universal Access Requirements, refurbishment of the existing facility will require significant redesign.
Improving accessibility and inclusivity across our region is a high priority for council. The existing Loo with a View building cannot be easily accessed by all.
For these reasons, the Central Meeting Place area has been prioritised for the next stage of construction in 2024/2025. Noting that public amenities will form part of the Central Meeting Place area, council is exploring options for the Loo’s future. These will be presented back to the community for further feedback later in 2022.
Recent community engagement
As part of Stage Two planning, council recently sought community feedback on two elements from the 2015 Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan and 2019 Detailed Design that have since been impacted by social and environmental change.
From Wednesday March 30 to Wednesday May 4, 2022 the community was asked to provide feedback on:
- 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.
The feedback received through this engagement will assist council to develop informed options for the Central Meeting Place and Northern Parkland to present back to the community for further input later in 2022.
This staged community engagement process will determine how these future Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation works progress.
Previous community engagement
As part of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan process, council carried out detailed community consultation. From 2012-2015, over 3,000 participants took part in the consultation exercise. This established a clear understanding of core community values, as well as needs and aspirations. This helped to generate the vision, principles and strategies of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan. Council adopted the plan in December 2015. The Master Plan received a very high level of community support (82%).
The project team held a community information session at the Mooloolaba Esplanade, as well as meetings to inform the local community of Stage One work.
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