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A new plan has been revealed to help revive the Sunshine Coast’s historic hub of Nambour.

Sunshine Coast Council has been working on the Nambour (Namba) Place Plan, which aims to develop a strategy for the town centre to fuse its growing reputation as a creative and welcoming place through greener streets, wider pathways, art installations and open spaces.

Councillor David Law said this approach ensured designs for the town’s public space met the values and needs of the community.

“I’m excited to release the draft design, which encompasses five streets within Nambour’s town centre, which really captures the essence of the hub,” he said.

“One of the highlights for me in this plan is the improved pedestrian experience with cooler, greener streets, welcoming spaces and generous footpaths to encourage outdoor dining and socialising.

“The design also encourages a more active main street where people feel comfortable, safe and connected as they walk through town.

“This ensures we are servicing the business, entertainment, cultural, health and education needs of the town and the surrounding communities.

“I’m pleased to see the project drawing inspiration and direction from community engagement and this next stage honours and acknowledges how quickly the town is changing and expanding.

“I encourage our community to view the concept and share their feedback via an online survey before September 22.”

An artist’s impression of Howard Street.

The community can also get involved by meeting the project team at one of the pop-up sessions running until September 14.

There have been concerns about crime and disorder in the town during the past couple of years, although conditions had improved recently.

This placemaking strategy is part of Nambour Centre Activation Project – focused on invigorating the major hinterland centre during next 10 years.

Cr Law also thanked residents for providing their feedback on the Nambour Community Safety Survey late last year to understand community perception of crime and safety in Nambour.

“The final report presents nine key findings and six recommendations to be considered by council and the Nambour community,” he said.

“Some recommendations include creating a multi-agency partnership, implementing visible uniformed patrols on foot and bike, and activating public spaces.

“The final report includes all findings and further recommendations and can be viewed on council’s Have Your Say website.”

Council said Nambour was one of the region’s key service centres and the work being undertaken would help create a greater sense of place for the future of the town and hinterland communities.

An artist’s impression of Bury Street.

Preliminary design and feasibility work for repurposing the Nambour administration buildings is underway. This work is being undertaken by Wilson Architects.

Potential uses for the buildings include a new Nambour district library and heritage library, multi-purpose community spaces, customer contact centre and council administration offices.

More than 200 council staff will continue to be based in Nambour as part of council’s broader regional workplaces program.

For more information visit Nambour Centre Activation Project.

The centre of town as it is. Picture: Steele Taylor

Pop-up sessions

  • 4-7pm, Friday, August 25: Nambour Forecourt Live event, Bury Street
  • 8am-2pm, Thursday, August 31: Nambour Town Square market
  • 10am-noon, Tuesday, September 5: Nambour Library
  • 9.30am-12.30pm, Saturday, September 9: Mill Village Centre, Mill Street
  • 9.30am-12.30pm, Thursday, September 14: Plaza Nambour, Ann Street

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