The Our Towns consultation result was 10 actions and a number of actions that require further investigation and studies by Council
The Our Towns Final Draft Concept Plan for Rainbow Beach was released for public display March 6. You have until April 3 to comment.
Council seek further feedback from the community to finalise plans for Stage 5 of the “Our Towns” Sustainable Centre Program at Rainbow Beach.
It identifies several key immediate and short term priorities for Rainbow, representing the following 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 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.
The detailed action plan is listed in the Our Towns document – your feedback is due April 3
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 March 1.
The full report will be available at www.gympie.qld.gov.au/our-towns and Rainbow Beach Library.
The final Concept Master Plans and priority actions for the townships of Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove have been endorsed for progressive implementation.
Council has committed significant funding of $400,000 total to undertake detailed design and construction of a first round of implementation projects within both townships in the 2015/16 financial year.
Based on the outcomes of the consultation exercise, the focus of the work Council is planning in Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove will centre on streetscape improvements including landscape design, improvements for pedestrian access and strengthening tourism attributes. Tin Can Bay will benefit from an improved public realm within the Local Centre and Community Precinct and Cooloola Cove hub will benefit from the investigation and delivery of a pedestrian linkage from the Local Centre to surrounding residential areas.
The consulting project team is now developing the detailed concept plan/landscape design for the selected priority action/s which will enable Council to proceed with drafting construction drawings.