Mayor Ron Dyne gave the Community News the latest on the Foreshore Revitalisation Plan:
When does public consultation commence?
Public consultation has commenced with the draft Rainbow Beach Foreshore Parks Revitalisation plan available on council’s website. Further consultation will take place in February – Divisional Councillor Mark McDonald and Portfolio Councillor Rae Gâté and council staff will be available for meetings at the Community Information and Resource Centre in the Rainbow Beach Hall on 4 February 2014. Appointments can be made by contacting council’s John Street Depot on 5481 0899.
What is council’s stand on a local visitor centre as detailed on the plan?
The draft plan notes that a visitor’s centre or something similar may be located in this area. Adoption of the plan does not then indicate that the centre will go ahead as any of the major works/items still require approval from council at the time. The plan provides an outline of possible major infrastructure improvements and the style or character and/or location of the landscaping, furniture and minor buildings such as picnic shelters etc.
Southern beach steps/access – any plans as the community has waited very patiently for these to be built? Have the geotechnical investigations been completed or when do they commence?
A report is likely to go to council in the near future outlining how the beach access improvements may occur with costings for geo-technical investigations and preliminary estimates for the overall project.
What support has the community shown for an outdoor gym/exercise equipment?
There has been limited demand/support for outdoor exercise equipment in Rainbow Beach to date but the public consultation may provide a different result.
Read the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News summary of the plans in January 2014 paper or at http://rainbowbeachcommunitynews.com.au/revitalisation-plan-for-rainbow-beach-foreshore/.
Be sure to ask for the steps back to the beach, at a sensible distance south of surf club steps. Ask that it be made a priority! Support a destination playground, it’s not just for our children’s fun and health – it is another drawcard for tourism. Playgrounds are a remarkable attraction for families, and the playgrounds proposed cross a broad span of ages, include bike paths, novel skate park and use existing shade. Connectivity is also important, and the foreshore plans host a myriad of walking options for visitors and locals, which will be enhanced when the southern beach access is completed.
The draft plan will is available at all council libraries as well as online at https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/documents/40005057/40005560/Rainbow-Beach-revitalisation-plan.pdf , be sure to contact council and have your say. (NB This is different to the “Masterplan”.)