Help shape the planning stages of the proposed ecological park in Maleny

As planning progresses for the proposed Sunshine Coast Ecological Park, Sunshine Coast Council is now seeking community input on a draft concept for the project.

Following the project first round of community consultation in Maythe Sunshine Coast Council invites residents and visitors to provide feedback on the draft concept and indicate the features they would like to see in the proposed new park via an interactive map.

The Eco Park aligns with the council’s commitment to maintain and develop its green spaces and is situated on 65 hectares of land acquired by the council, adjacent to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny.

Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Habitability Portfolio Adviser Cr Cox said the second stage of community consultation would build on previous feedback and was an opportunity to share, test and provide feedback on proposed ideas to help inform a draft master plan.

“The proposed Sunshine Coast Ecological Park will be the first of its kind for our community and a wonderful place for recreation and wellness, ecology and restoration, as well as research, education and culture, said Cr Cox.

“To ensure the project provides the desired combination of recreation, green space and ecological conservation, this next stage of engagement will help us understand which features are priorities for our community and stakeholders.

“Our first stage of community consultation demonstrated strong support for the Ecological Park to create new wildlife habitat and incorporate the stories, history and values ​​of the Jinibara peoples, the traditional stewards of the land.

“There were also fantastic ideas about the need to consider accessibility and connectivity, and to incorporate designated areas for recreation and play in nature.

” In accordance with our 2017 Environment and Habitability Strategythe proposed eco-park is a unique opportunity to enhance our conservation and recreation credentials for the entire Sunshine Coast community and visitors.

“A Excellence Advisory Committee and Community Reference Group have been established to help inform the development of a master plan and to continue to provide feedback at all stages of the master plan process.

“The council is also working alongside traditional custodians to understand the cultural and traditional heritage of the site and to respectfully incorporate history into the design of the park.

“I would like to thank everyone who has so far taken the time to share their views on the project.

“People can provide feedback on the concept project until September 14, either online or by chatting with the project team on one of the pop up events.

“The Sunshine Coast Eco Park will be a wonderful place for locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast, so we’d love to hear from everyone.”

You can take the survey by visiting https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sc-eco-park-master-plan.

Or speak in person:

Friday, September 2, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mooloolaba Boardwalk – near new Northern Parkland
Mooloolaba Esplanade

Friday, September 2, 2022, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maleny Main Street – near IGA Maleny
26 Maple Street, Maleny

Saturday September 3, 2022, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Kawana Markets
119 Athletes Parade, Birtinya

Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Happy Valley, Caloundra – near the playground
Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra

Sunday September 4, 2022, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tickle Park – near Shelter
David Low Lane, Coolum Beach

The second stage of community engagement will inform the project’s draft master plan, which will be shared for public comment in early 2023.

The proposed Sunshine Coast Ecological Park will be located in Mountain View, one of five major green spaces on the Sunshine Coast.

For more information on how the council is securing and enabling spaces for future generations, visit the council’s website Environment and Habitability Strategy website.

ENDS

Louisa R. Loomis