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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 23 August Mayor's Column - Wednesday 23 August

Gympie’s annual signature event – the Gympie Music Muster is on this weekend at the Amamoor Creek State Forest.
 
Now in its 36th year, this event which started as a charity fundraiser has now grown into one of the best regional music festivals in the country with performances from more than 100 artists, including the biggest names in country music. And it is the biggest event that Gympie is known for. 
 
Not only is the festival a great weekend of entertainment, but it also provides a huge boost to our region with proceeds from the Muster going back into the local community and various charities.

Congratulations to the Gympie Muster Board and the Apex Club of Gympie who do a fantastic job coordinating this massive event which injects more than $6 million into our local economy.
 
It is a huge drawcard for our region with visitors able to experience our country hospitality, and local businesses benefitting from the thousands of people that flock to the area.
 
We support the Gympie Music Muster for all these reasons plus it’s a great opportunity to kick back with your mates or family, and enjoy the fun-loving music and atmosphere. 
 
I’ll be there with boots on…

 

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor