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Mooloolaba foreshore redevelopment moves to its next phase

Mooloolaba foreshore redevelopment moves to its next phase
July 3, 2017

The Mooloolaba foreshore area redevelopment is about to move into its next phase, with Sunshine Coast Council unveiling plans for a revitalised Mooloolaba foreshore and Esplanade precinct, part of the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.

More than 6200 metre² of Mooloolaba foreshore parkland will eventually return to community use with a kiosk, an outdoor gym, a new amenities building, shaded picnic and barbecue facilities, a modern adventure playground and spacious grassy areas.

Initially the former northern Mooloolaba caravan park site will be used as a temporary car park to provide alternative parking options while the Brisbane Road development is underway.

Once completed, the Brisbane Rd car park will free up the foreshore area for community use.

These new community foreshore spaces will open in 2019, subject to the approval of the Queensland Government.

Sunshine Coast Councillor John Connolly is impressed that the designs reflected a vibrant foreshore parkland area, stating “this is another step forward in our plan to turn Mooloolaba into a world-class beach destination.

“Designs for the foreshore improvements reflect a high quality beachfront public area that includes new features and open parkland, as well as a refurbished Loo with a View structure.

“The natural aspects of Mooloolaba we all know and love will be retained and we will increase beachfront public parkland.

 “This will allow us to create better public spaces, including 40% more public parkland, 2.4 kilometres of enhanced waterfront pathways and improved spaces for sporting and entertainment events.

“We are returning the foreshore to the community, rather than confining it to the limited number of people - many from outside our region - who hired caravan park sites.

“Our whole community will eventually gain access to, and benefit from, this beautiful part of our coastline.

“And while the site is being used as a temporary car park, our community will enjoy access to the beach via a connecting pedestrian walkway which was not possible when the site was a caravan park.

 “Our vision for Mooloolaba is to create a healthy, active place that allows our community to immerse themselves in, on and under the water.

“The design focuses on creating a space for active lifestyles include bikeways, pathways, fitness equipment and expansive lawn areas.

“Public art will also be a feature in play areas, etched pathways and furniture, and an entry statement.”

The Council has previously received multiple awards for its Place Making approach and the way in which it engages with the community to deliver quality plans and infrastructure for our region.

During consultation, more than 70% of people supported relocation of the northern caravan park sites to allow for a world class oceanfront walk to Alexandra Headland and more than 60% asked for more car parking.

Images: Artist’s impressions of the foreshore at Mooloolaba Beach.

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