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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 22 March Mayor's Column - Wednesday 22 March

There has been some commentary recently around the financial position of Council. I can advise that Council is very fortunate in that we are in a very strong and responsible financial position. With a growing asset base, reduced debt and more than adequate reserves, Gympie Regional Council (GRC) is better placed financially than the majority of Councils in Queensland.

Councils face financial pressures as all governments do. Our Council works hard to maintain the balance between financial responsibility and managing requests from residents whilst maintaining current service delivery standards and providing facilities which improve the liveability of the region.

It is also important to recognise that we have delivered the two lowest rate rises in Council’s history whilst providing major projects like the world class Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre and the Mary Valley Rattler project which will bring jobs, visitors and business to our Region.

Council continues to advocate to both the State and Federal governments to attract additional funding for important projects in this region. This is the ‘free money’ I have previously referred to. If this funding is not secured by GRC it will be given to other Queensland Councils.  Projects that have benefited from this type of funding include the  Mary Valley Rattler as well as important road, bridge and facility upgrades right across this region.

Our Council is in a good position financially and we are benchmarking on target or better than is required by the Auditor General’s office. We remain focused on remaining fiscally responsible and sustainable well into the future. 

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor

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