Public meeting invites opinion on streetscape

Councillor Vivien Griffin.
Councillor Vivien Griffin.

A public meeting will be held next Saturday to discuss a proposed “streetscape” upgrade for the Coolum esplanade.

Sunshine Coast council staff and councillor Vivien Griffin will attend and work with residents on their ideas and suggestions.

A further evening meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 5.15-7pm in the staff room at the Coolum Primary School in School Road.

Ms Griffin said residents were passionate about protecting the coastal village feel of Coolum and she was delighted the “much-needed project” was moving forward.

“This area is really quite special, with the ocean beach, the rocky cliffs, Stumers Creek, the coastal wallum vegetation and the western framing by the national park,” she said.

“It is clear we have something very unique that should be treasured and celebrated.

“The boardwalk is wonderful and much-loved, however many people have expressed to me their concern that the area north of Beach Road is looking tired and a little bit rundown.

“A bit of TLC is definitely needed and this community consultation will be the start of a process for changing that for the better.”

The streetscape upgrade will cover the area between Hewitt Street and Beach Road, including the David Low Way, Tickle Park, Jack Morgan Park and Lions Park.

Ms Griffin said a streetscape master plan should look at landscaping, pedestrian and cycle movements, vehicle movements, seating, parking and public art.

“Many people will recall that considerable planning has already occurred,” she said.

“This next stage is to, first, make sure we have got it right, and, second, to get to the detailed design stage which will then enable me to make a budget bid for the dollars in council’s capital works program.

“I don’t want a plan that sits on a shelf. I want to be able to deliver a great result for the community on the ground.”

Residents and business owners wishing to participate have been asked phone the council’s customer service centre on 5475 850 to confirm their attendance.

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