News

Makeover for Mary Cairncross Reserve

The beautiful environment of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
The beautiful environment of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Contributed

A SPECIAL piece of hinterland heaven is set to receive a multi-million dollar makeover in a Sunshine Coast Council redevelopment plan.

The main buildings at Maleny's Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve require extensive work to meet the functional and safety needs of the 90 volunteers, guides, researchers and on-site staff.

The renewal would also improve the experience of visitors through a revamped learning centre and improvements to cafe and retail facilities.

Division 5 councillor Jenny McKay said the redevelopment would complement the existing design and not extend beyond the current built footprint.

"The building inspection of the current facilities indicate there is extensive work required for the current structure," Cr McKay said.

"It will be a meeting space, a tea-house and coffee facility and it will create an interpretive environmental space for people to go and learn."

Some concerns have been raised over the size of the new eating facility, but Cr McKay said it would not be a restaurant, but a small eatery.

"There will be no restaurant there, it is a tea-house similar to the wonderful service we have there now," she said.

"It's definitely not a wedding or party venue and when the sun goes down over the Glass House Mountains the lights go off on the reserve.

"It will not be in conflict with any other facilities we already pride ourselves in having on the Range."

Cr McKay said people visit the reserve to picnic or barbecue, have a coffee, cold drink or light meal and enjoy nature and the views.

She said the new facilities would cater to these needs.

The Maleny Chamber of Commerce president Nathan Arrowsmith said the chamber welcomed the investment in the infrastructure which they agreed needs upgrading.

"We are pleased to hear the council is taking the environmental impact of the upgrade seriously to protect the rainforest and the associated view," Mr Arrowsmith said.

"We were also happy they are looking to keep it similar to the current format.

"There were a number of options on the table to begin with and council has taken the middle ground, a reasonable course of action."

Cr McKay said the council is seeking your comments before making a decision on the way forward and the design concepts.

The council will make a decision early next year and construction is set to begin in the next 12 months.

For more information, visit mary-cairncross.com.au.

 

BY NUMBERS

The council estimates the revamp will cost between $3 and $5.5 million

The Reserve comprises 55 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Demolition crew tears woman's home down while she's inside

A Coolum resident has found herself stranded in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio-hazard suits worked just outside her back door.

Workplace Health and Safety investigation into demolition site

Treasurer supports plans for medicinal cannabis hub

Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Curtis Pitt has positive response

Bomb scare accused to face drug trial in Supreme Court

DISPOSAL: A bomb squad officer investigates the discovery of a device at Peregian Beach on April 20.

David John Ogden was allegedly found with 28g of meth in July

Latest deals and offers

Dog squad and POLAIR helicopter assist in Coolum arrest

AROUND 3.15pm on Sunday, May 22 officers from the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad located a stolen Toyota Camry in the Coolum Beach area.

Demolition crew tears woman's home down while she's inside

A Coolum resident has found herself stranded in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio-hazard suits worked just outside her back door.

Workplace Health and Safety investigation into demolition site

Treasurer supports plans for medicinal cannabis hub

Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Curtis Pitt has positive response

Bomb scare accused to face drug trial in Supreme Court

DISPOSAL: A bomb squad officer investigates the discovery of a device at Peregian Beach on April 20.

David John Ogden was allegedly found with 28g of meth in July

Aggression the wrong expression

News

A series of forums will be held educating against violent behaviour.

City’s most eligible bachelors go up for auction

Australia's favourite redhead twins and celebrity bachelors Stevie and Andy Mac will perform and be auctioned off at the Pink Hope Charity Male Auction Gala.

All women need to do is bid for the man who catches their eye

Waleed Aly explains

Waleed Aly in a scene from the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival Debate. Supplied by Channel 10. Please credit photo to Jim Lee.

Project host Waleed Aly explains how price cuts will make dairy farming...

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in Trouble

Stars get a dressing down from Producer Joel Silver about promoting their latest film.

Stars in trouble with Producer Joel Silver over promoting their new film.

Egypt Air flight missing

Egypt Air says Flight 804 bound for Cairo from Paris has disappeared from radar...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago