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‘Regionally significant’ project to proceed

Sunshine Coast Council gives green light to foreshore revitalisation.

Mooloolaba’s foreshore revitalisation will proceed after being given the green light by Sunshine Coast Council.

Construction will begin next year on Stage 2 of the transformation, which will include more beachfront parkland, new accessible pathways and viewing deck, improved access to the beach and foreshore, enhanced community spaces, modern public amenities and a terraced seawall.

Since 2012, the community has been routinely engaged on a range of Mooloolaba projects.

Stage 2 follows on from the completion of the multi-award-winning first stage the Northern Parklands, with early works anticipated to start from February next year.

The Mooloolaba Business Activation Group and Mooloolaba Stakeholder Interest Group have liaised closing with the project team, providing an opportunity to unpack the design and work with the business community in developing a draft Business Activation Plan.

An update on the project was tabled at the May 30 council meeting.

This included providing an update on the community engagement history, key project drivers and the design and delivery of the project, specifically around the Stage 2 Central Meeting Place and Southern Seawall.

The new council accepted the recommendations in the report and approved the design, the construction timing for Stage 2 and the finalisation of the Draft Business Activation Plan to begin implementation within the 2024-25 financial year.

This means the transformational project will now progress in line with the Master Plan and the 2022 Central Meeting Place, which includes the community-supported ‘blue’ concept for the current Loo with a View.

Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez says the report is an outcome from the Ordinary Meeting in January 2024, which requested a further project update be presented to the new council prior to a construction tender being awarded.

“I’m pleased we’ve provided some extra time for the business community to prepare for this challenging project, which I’m certain will ensure Mooloolaba remains a key tourism drawcard for the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Suarez says.

“We are focused on ensuring our business community is supported by council and approving the finalisation of the Business Activation Plan is vital – a plan that’s been developed with valuable input from the Business Activation Group.

“This plan will help businesses to continue to attract locals and visitors before, during and after Stage 2’s construction, as well as share the future vision for this regionally significant project.

“We have been listening through these forums and it is apparent that there will never be absolute consensus about this project, but it is vitally important to present the facts and give our businesses and community certainty about when this project will occur.”

For more information on the project, visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and search for ‘MFR’.

 

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