The main street of a picturesque town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is set for a makeover.
Maleny is known for its dairy country, rainforests and artisan boutiques.
It’s a place much-loved by locals and visitors year-round, which is why Sunshine Coast Council has asked the community for their feedback on improvements to the main street, Maple Street, to ensure it remains bustling and welcoming for all.
Sunshine Coast Council Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said he looked forward to hearing the community’s feedback on how to make Maple Street even sweeter.
“In 2005, Council developed the Maleny Maple Street Streetscape Concept Plan which was shaped by community feedback, now we ask the community what stages they would like Council to prioritise next,” he said.
“The Maple Street Streetscape area extends from Myrtle Street to the Obi Obi Creek Bridge and includes a variety of community spaces.
“Since the concept plan was developed, council has upgraded the Coral and Maple streets roundabout, undertaken streetscape improvement works along Coral and Fig streets, upgraded the Teak and Maple streets intersection and made Cooke Park frontage more welcoming.
“The design was developed through a process of extensive consultation and cultural mapping which revealed the character of the streetscape upgrade should be unique to Maleny and incorporate the artistic, rural, historical, cooperative and organic nature of the community.
“We aren’t looking to change the character of the town, but to continue to improve the long-term amenity of the street, create more community gathering points and reinforce a sense of place for the community.
“We understand there has been some years between the first round of streetscape improvements, which is why we seek to understand the key areas of Maple Street the community believe need to be focused on next.
“Council also wants to know if the concept design needs any updating to meet the values and vision of the current and future community.
“I encourage the community to provide further feedback until August 15, 2022, via an online survey or email submission.”
The feedback obtained during the consultation period will allow council to better understand the preferences of the community.
Some elements shown in the concept plan may be considered with future project budgets.
The community engagement process will seek to prioritise the most important improvements to make within the available budget.
For more information about the streetscape upgrades please visit council’s Have Your Say website at Sunshine Coast Council – Have Your Say.
How you can have your say
- Take part in the online survey via Maleny Sunshine Coast Council – Maleny placemaking and streetscape project
- Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Print survey’s available at pop-up stalls
- Speak to the project team at the markets or pop-ups at Maleny Sunday Market on July 31, 8am to 2pm, outside the Maleny IGA on August 2, 9am to midday 12pm, and outside Cooke Park Maleny on August 3, 3pm -6pm.
- Provide feedback before August 15.
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