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.
Last Friday, Council received the news that Curra Community Hall was recognised with a State Award at the 2018 Queensland Architecture Awards for Public Architecture. Congratulations to the entire team who worked on this project. The facility is a credit to them, and demonstrates that Council is delivering first-rate projects for our community.
At the time of writing, I’m looking forward to the delivery of the State budget which I hope will deliver funding for improved road infrastructure, continued and additional funding for community groups, and funding for further projects that will improve the liveability and economy of our region. Obviously, Queensland is a large state and the funding pot is only so big but I hope that regional Queensland is fairly recognised in the budget process.
Perhaps one of the major funding opportunities that has benefited our region in recent times has been the Works for Queensland program. This program has seen, and will see, collaboration between Gympie Regional Council and the State on significant employment generating projects such as the Goomeri Library Outdoor upgrade, Aerodrome Infrastructure upgrade, Albert Park/One Mile Revitalisation, River to Rail and Sands Riverside Parkland, The No. 1 Scottish Mine Precinct, Kinbombi Falls Infrastructure upgrade, Fiveways to Mellor Street streetscaping, Rainbow Beach Viewing Platform upgrade, Mary Valley Recreation Hub, Tagigan Road and of course the Rattler.
In the coming weeks, all residents will receive a postal survey which seeks feedback on Council’s waste management facilities. In the interests of good environmental good practice and safety, all Council waste facilities are now staffed with specific hours of operation and we are asking residents to have their say on these operating hours. I encourage you to take the opportunity to provide your comments and feedback.