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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 - Tuesday 24 May Mayor's Column - Tuesday 24 May

There has been a flurry of activity across the Gympie region, with more events and activities for residents and visitors than we have ever seen. I recently attended the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Miva. This event provides a great national profile for our region and I was impressed by the fast paced enthusiasm of both the participants and spectators. 

Many of my Councillor colleagues have also been out and about at various activities and events such as the 2nd Annual Rosella Festival, the opening of Hibiscus Aged Care facility, the Kilkivan campdraft and the Well Persons Health Check Day. And of course we can't forget the Gympie Show. Congratulations to the Show Committee and everyone who worked on this fantastic event. We were proud to once again sponsor this event for our community. It was a great opportunity to showcase our finest produce and activity. It was also wonderful to see the Mary Valley Rattler team had a stand at the show and were overwhelmed by the positive feedback and excitement from the community about the Rattler being back on track this December. 

Council was also pleased to bring Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise to the region over the weekend. The program helped us to highlight many of our region's produce and tourism activities. Already the feedback regarding Sunrise has been overwhelming. We want to thank James Tobin and the whole Sunrise team for helping us to promote our great region. 

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor