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.
This week I will be speaking on behalf of Council to over 150 delegates at the Queensland Timber conference in Brisbane. We have been invited to participate as our region has the largest employment within the timber industry in Queensland for a local government area.
The timber industry plays a vital role in our regional economy, with the conference an opportunity to address and discuss emerging issues such as the possible implications of the proposed vegetation management legislation which may have a significant effect on this industry. Decisions made by state and federal governments
, can have a significant impact on our economy and our community.
Another regional issue is the campaign to secure funding for the new section of the Bruce Highway, which is gaining momentum. As a former police officer, I, like many, have seen the tragic results of fatal crashes on the Bruce Highway.
I fully support our Federal Member, Llew O’Brien’s campaign, and together with my Wide Bay mayoral colleagues have attended meetings in Canberra to advocate the importance of this project.
I also congratulate the Gympie Times on their campaign and the support they have given.
Next week will see our communities once again come together for the many ANZAC Day ceremonies right across the region. It is significant that this year marks the 100 year anniversary since the end of the First World War.
I would encourage all residents, who are able, to attend one of the many services. It is an opportunity to recognise and thank not only those very brave servicemen and women, but also their families who have made significant sacrifices so that we can enjoy a democratic and free society.