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.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen some great examples of how Council can deliver projects and events to support our region and build better communities.
During the recent hot spell over the school holidays, we saw over 14,000 people enjoy all the ARC has to offer. What an amazing outcome for a project that has been embraced by the community and continues to be enjoyed by all walks of life.
At last week’s Council meeting, we allocated another round of grant funding for a range of community groups as part of our ongoing support for their local events, activities, and services. Many of these groups are formed by passionate volunteers who are each delivering great outcomes across our region.
And of course on Saturday night over 10,000 celebrated Gympie’s 150th birthday with the hugely successful G150 concert at Albert Park.
And to top off these great results, Gympie is leading the state in property value growth - there is so much to be optimistic about.
Local government is no longer just roads, rates and rubbish - we are all of those things, but we are also here to build community pride, support local groups, and make our region the natural choice to live, work and play.
Lastly, we are fortunate that the rain over the past few days has not developed into a major event and I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation.