Residents tired of neglect

Marcoola is deemed only a
Marcoola is deemed only a "pit stop" between Maroochydore and Coolum. Photo: Warren Lynam

Inveterate letter to the editor writer Eloise Rowe has had enough. She is tired of Marcoola being the Cinderella of the Coast.

The final straw for Eloise was the recent push to make Mooloolaba a mecca for tourists at the expense of other regions desperate for a facelift.

She says Marcoola is deemed only a “pit stop” between Maroochydore and Coolum.

In fact, Marcoola got its name by combining the first syllables of Maroochydore and Coolum.

“Marcoola is regarded as merely a thoroughfare for Hyatt visitors travelling to and from the airport,” Eloise said.

“The desecration of the north shore dunes along the Surfair stretch, with the mass construction allowed by council of the concrete jungle, is indicative of the lack of status given to the area and the disregard for locals and the beach environment.”

And the former school teacher has not got much time for nearby suburbs that avoid the name Marcoola.

“Twin Waters is treated as if it is an exclusive suburb, totally alienated from Marcoola,” she said. “Its roads are hoon-proofed and landscaped.

“Marcoola has hoon problems along local streets, late night vandalism by local gangs and no speed inhibitors.

“The Town of Seaside, another development, is in essence, North Marcoola, but we don’t see it advertised as such. That may bring down house valuations.”

The Marcoola resident has a message for the Sunshine Coast mayor: “Not happy, Bob. We pay the same rates as all Sunshine Coast Regional Council ratepayers. We deserve a better deal, equal rights and equitable spending.”

Eloise’s complaints follow last week’s blast from North Shore Traders Association president Kev Blacklaw.

Mr Blacklaw said it was disappointing that the council was spending money revamping parking and streetscaping at Mooloolaba when Marcoola had been waiting years for the area to be brought up to scratch.

“I’ve been 22 years in the business here. Originally, when the units across the road were built, the council had a vision – of roundabouts at the north and south end, and streetscaping and trees – and it’s never happened,” he said. “It’s like north of the Maroochy River doesn’t seem to exist.”

Councillor Debbie Blumel acknowledged that Marcoola had gone without for many years, but she said a lot of work had been done during this council term and more was to come.

She said the North Shore Planning Review had been carried out and consideration was being given towards giving the area an identity of its own as a tourist location.

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