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Planned ecological park moves to the next phase

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Planned ecological park moves to the next phase


Community reference group to help shape park and 'allow nature to be hero'

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Residents have been urged to have their say about a proposed ecological park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Sunshine Coast Council has reached out for community input, during the next phase of the park’s development.

Expressions of Interest are open for a community reference group, which will be a key platform for locals to provide input into the planning and shaping of the area.

There are plans for it to be located on 65 hectares of council-acquired land, adjoining the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

It aligns with council’s commitment to nurture and grow green spaces.

Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor, Peter Cox, encouraged residents, especially those with a commitment to green spaces and sustainability, to apply for Sunshine Coast Ecological Park Community Reference Group.

“The CRG will be an important engagement tool to provide direct feedback, ideas and advice during the planning and design phase of the park,” he said.

“It will also assist in the development of the masterplan and business case, which is anticipated to be finalised in early 2023.

The proposed park would adjoin Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Picture: Visit Sunshine Coast,

“We’re striving to develop a park for the community, shaped by the community.

“The CRG will consist of up to 10 members from across the Sunshine Coast, all coming from diverse backgrounds to ensure all aspects of the region and our community are represented.

“Members of the CRG will bring an appreciation and understanding of the project’s vision and goals, a commitment to sharing and listening to ideas, collaborative approach to engagement and commitment to sustainability.”

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Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said the park would contribute to the Sunshine Coast’s vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region: Healthy. Smart. Creative.

“The park will be part of Mountain View, which is one of five major green spaces on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Johnston said.

“The park will strive to be innovative in its approach, allowing nature to be the hero and the focal point of all plans.

“The park will aim to support nature-based recreation, education, research and social gathering while protecting, celebrating and restoring environmental, natural and cultural heritage values.”

To learn more about being part of the CRG and to express your interest, visit Sunshine Coast Council’s website. Expressions of Interest close on March 21.