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Council seeks further feedback for Rainbow Beach's ‘Our Towns’ Program

Council this week announced that they seek further feedback from the community to finalise plans for Stage 5 of the “Our Towns” Sustainable Centre Program at Rainbow Beach.

The program, focused on supporting and enhancing the Region's townships as attractive and desirable places to live, work and visit, forms part of Council’s continued focus on economic advancement.

The focus Council’s planning for Rainbow Beach centres on streetscape improvements including landscape design, and improvements for pedestrian access and strengthening tourism attributes.

The planning integrates with existing projects in these areas, including the Cooloola Coast Foreshore Management Plan, Rainbow Beach Foreshore Parks Revitalisation Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Mayor Mick Curran said “Rainbow Beach is a premier tourism destination for national and international visitors and we want to make sure that it will have sustainable long term growth by providing appropriate design and infrastructure.”

“We believe that the community is best placed to provide feedback on Council’s planning proposal and we encourage everyone to get involved and Have Your Say.” he said.

A preliminary round of community engagement has already been undertaken by Council and contributions from community have been used to develop the Final Draft Concept Masterplan that was considered by Council in a workshop on 1 March 2017.

The Final Draft Concept Master Plan identifies several key immediate and short term priorities for Rainbow, representing the following key issues raised by the community during the consultation period:

  • Increased parking and associated landscape in central area by filling in u-turn areas;
  • Additional street tree planting at key locations to enhance the hub and sense of community around the Local Centre which will also result in increased shade to improve the experience of some existing pathways and encourage more walking connections;
  • Creation of a number of exploratory routes for pedestrian and cyclists to increase activities available and improve connectivity and safety;
  • Improved pathways to streets to make the town more pedestrian and cycle friendly; and
  • Creation of a parking overflow area with reinforced turf to create more parking in peak times.

The Final Concept Plan for Rainbow Beach is now being out for public comment until 3 April 2017.

The full report will be available at www.gympie.qld.gov.au/our-towns and Council’s customer contact points, including the Rainbow Beach Library.

Once the final consultation is completed, the consulting project team will develop the concept plan/landscape design for the selected priority action/s into detailed concept drawings which will enable Council to proceed with drafting construction drawings.

Further feedback can be submitted via the following options.

Visit: www.gympie.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay
Email: planningprojects@gympie.qld.gov.au
Phone: Planning Strategy and Major Projects on 5481 0413


Mayor's Column - Wednesday 28 June Mayor's Column - Wednesday 28 June

Gympie Regional Council will vote today on a proposed $95.6 million Budget with a strong investment in roads and a low rates increase. 
 
Ahead of the budget's final approval I can reveal that Council is planning to spend $15 million on roads and drainage infrastructure.
 
The proposed budget demonstrates that we are getting on with improving the conditions of our local roads.
 
It is proposed that almost $4 million would be allocated for parks, community facilities, halls and playgrounds including a further $995,000 for the upgrade of the Civic Centre and $665,000 for a new community hall at Curra.
 
Investing in community facilities and recreation helps promote active lifestyles, builds healthy communities and gives our residents something to be proud of.
 
Land revaluations from the State Government have made this budget more challenging however Council has worked hard to make sure the impact of these changes is minimal and fairly distributed across the region.
 
The average residential ratepayer will pay less than a 2.1% increase on their rates. The 10 percent discount to on-time rates payments will continue, as will the pensioner rebate of $160.
 
The Gympie Region has an increasing population, its economy is changing and it’s delivering more lifestyle and leisure options.
 
This budget not only reflects the important traditional elements of roads, rates and rubbish but it also meets a key responsibility of Council which is planning for the future of the region in a rapidly changing world.

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor