Mayor Mick Curran addressed the members from Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism for a breakfast meeting at Arcobaleno on the Beach last month, and updated the twenty-plus members attending on local issues Image Barb Rees
Mayor Mick Curran visited Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism for a breakfast meeting at Arcobaleno on the Beach last month and updated the twenty-plus members attending on local issues.
Overgrown cotton tree at lookout
The cherry picker comes in once a year at a cost of $30,000. The cotton trees shouldn’t be allowed to grow higher than 1.5m. The trees look terrible when trimmed so pruning is scheduled three times per year after peak holiday times.
Multi-sport courts back to centreblock?
Still looking at it. There’s a works program on the school oval where we are thinking of putting the basketball court.
Beach steps update
After more engineering reports, we are awaiting results. Pandanus trees are to be wired up to stop falling onto the beach.
This is now a high priority for Main Roads with an aim to focus on 12 to 18 months time.
In the future, Energex plan to move power underground in the Main Street retail area of Rainbow Beach. Due to safety issues, Council are awaiting further information from Energex.
Our Towns in Rainbow Beach
Programming for crews at Tin Can Bay and Imbil is now underway. It comes back to budgets and when crews are available for Our Towns. It covers a large area, 7000 square kilometres. We can’t put all money into Rainbow Beach, as a lot of investment will be moved to the Bullock Point redevelopment.
Our Town Priority Actions by Council
Increase parking and associated landscape in central area by filling in u-turn areas. Some of this work has already commenced. Redesigning some of the central parking and landscape areas will provide more car spaces as needed and improve the visual amenity of Rainbow Beach with additional planting.
Additional street tree planting at key locations. Shade will improve the experience of some existing pathways and encourage more walking connections.
Create a number of exploratory routes for pedestrian and cyclists. Improved pathways to streets will make the town more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly.
Create a parking overflow area. An overflow parking area will provide more parking in peak times.
Priority actions by others
Work with state to provide new helipad facilities.
Develop a Signage Strategy with consistent theming and branding to improve accessibility and wayfinding and to create an identity and arrival into the commercial centre.
Retail/commercial opportunities associated with Local Centre Zone as per current Planning Scheme.
Other Rainbow Beach Actions requested during Our Towns consultation
Provide extra rubbish bins at peak times
Investigate fitness trail and provision of outdoor gym equipment
Create new road crossings
Confirm future golf course
Coordinate special events
Manage backpacker parking
Time and tide clock
Improve physical provisions for events and improve infrastructure
Improve and extend opening times at pool
Manage illegal parking on verges in the main street