Experiencing Mooloolaba’s vistas will get a whole lot easier thanks to a foreshore revitalisation project about to get underway.
Local government minister Stirling Hinchliffe says work will start on the $11 million upgrades in October.
“This is going to be absolutely stunning when it’s finished and it’s just stage one of a plan to revitalise the entire foreshore,” he says. “Part of the funding – $4.5 million – is from the Palaszczuk Government’s $50 million Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package for southeast Queensland councils to stimulate economies and support jobs.
“The pandemic has wrought havoc on economies across the globe but Queensland is already rolling out a plan for economic recovery, and this package is part of it.
“The Sunshine Coast Council estimates this project alone will create or support almost 600 jobs, which is a great result for this region.”
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson says the precinct will be transformed into a new regional public parkland that celebrates the Sunshine Coast way of life. “Northern Parkland stage one is a critical step in providing an outstanding destination for locals and visitors alike and will provide an important stimulus for the tourism and building sectors at this time,” he says.
“This project has the potential to stimulate construction jobs and flow-on benefits to businesses across the region.
“The revamped northern precinct will ensure Mooloolaba remains competitive as a visitor destination.
“This first stage of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation will include a new boardwalk linking Alexandra Headland bluff and Mooloolaba, parks and entertainment spaces for events, replacement of a section of the seawall, sheltered barbecue area and new community buildings and facilities.”
The council will start construction on the seawall upgrade in October.
The boardwalk construction will be undertaken by Murphy Builders, a locally owned and operated business, which was awarded the design and construction contract in August 2020. Work on the boardwalk is expected to start in November 2020.
The council says it will seek to minimise construction impacts wherever possible. Some parking bays in the temporary foreshore car park opposite
121 Mooloolaba Esplanade will be removed to provide a safe construction zone. However, most of the temporary car parking will remain available.
When the multi-deck car park under construction on First Avenue, Mooloolaba is complete, the temporary car park will be redeveloped into parkland.
Mayor Jamieson says that once complete, the new foreshore and coastal boardwalk will help bring more visitors to the region.
“This in turn supports recovery of our retail and hospitality sectors,” he says.
“In particular, it will provide a critical shot in the arm for youth employment by supporting hospitality jobs.”
For more information on the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/MFR.