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Following three rounds of community engagement and a community-led new landscape plan, a popular seaside park is about to undergo a $1.6 million transformation.

Much-loved and exuding ‘classic’ local character, Lions and Norrie Job Park in Coolum Beach is located between an iconic surf beach and a bustling entertainment strip.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez welcomed the start of the first stage of works, which would enhance what locals already love about the park.

“We’re starting the staged works and I am looking forward to seeing the landscape plan brought to life, designed with and for our people,” Cr Suarez said.

“A huge thank you to all those in our community who gave extensive feedback over the past seven years to help inform the final landscape plan.

“It’s a standout example of how we’re connecting and engaging with our communities to build a better future for everyone.”

Stage one works underway

The first stage of works is scheduled to start at the beginning of June and expected to be completed by end of September 2024, weather and site conditions permitting.

“We’re starting the staged construction for the landscape plan upgrades with stages 1A and 1B of the landscaping works,” Cr Suarez said.

“This will revitalise this popular outdoor space and make it more welcoming and accessible for everyone in our community.”

Path and shelters at Lions and Norrie Job Park, Coolum Beach

Stage one works will include replacing the existing shelter including new barbecues and furniture, new fitness equipment and softfall, new pathways and timber pedestrian bridge, inground services, electrical infrastructure and drainage works, softscape works and signage.

State Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie MP welcomed the investment, which he said would help breathe new life into a key community resource.

“Being centrally located, Norrie Job Park is a well-loved community space and I hope these upgrades will really enhance this popular location and encourage even more locals and visitors to get out and enjoy it,” Mr Purdie said.  

The section of the park receiving upgrades will be closed during construction.

Sunshine Coast Council provided funding of more than $1 million and proudly partnered with the Australian Government, which contributed $250,000 through its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and the Queensland Government, which provided $250,000 through its Minor Infrastructure Program towards improvements to Lions Park and Norrie Job Park.

This joint partnership between all levels of government will enable Queenslanders to participate in sport and recreation activities on the Sunshine Coast.

The timing of future stages two and three is still to be confirmed.