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Precinct set to centralise non-powered water sports on popular river

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A dedicated precinct for non-powered water sports is set to be established on the Noosa River foreshore.

The Non-Powered Water Sports Feasibility Study reviewed 13 possible sites across the Noosa River, and it recommended co-locating outrigging and coastal rowing behind the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club.

Mayor Clare Stewart said the study would guide future planning to support non-powered water sports and pave the way for better storage and new launching facilities for clubs.

“The study is a catalyst to bring all of the clubs together in a precinct user group to encourage greater collaboration and communication between the clubs,” she said via a council press release.

“It will provide a dedicated forum where the clubs can work alongside council to address common concerns, much the same as we do with the co-located clubs at our Cooroy and Noosa District sports complexes.”

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Community services director Kerri Contini said the study’s recommendations would inform the Noosaville Foreshore Infrastructure Master Plan that is being developed.

Currently, non-powered water sports facilities are at various locations along the foreshore, including at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. But they’re now set to be centralised behind the club.

The Noosa River is a popular spot for boaties and non-powered watercraft users.

Study recommendations

  • Repurposing the area housing the secondary toilet block behind the yacht club to accommodate lockable storage for smaller outrigger club craft and equipment, showers and wash-down facility.
  • Removal of makeshift storage and provision of covered storage for coastal rowing craft within the existing area behind the yacht club.
  • Reclaim areas of the foreshore for public space, providing pedestrian pathways for better connectivity to existing paths, toilets and existing infrastructure.
  • Relocation of existing boat storage on the foreshore to hardstand areas.
  • Provision of a floating pontoon in the canal for rowing launch.
  • Redesign of the public car park to achieve better flow, including disability parking bays and drop-off areas.

“The study highlighted the popularity of non-powered water sports in our beautiful Noosa River,” Ms Contini said.

“The study sites each had constraints, which meant it was difficult for each organisation to achieve their full vision.

Rowers will be able to store their equipment at the precinct. Picture: Shutterstock

“However, the recommended precinct presents an opportunity to collectively improve outcomes for all organisations.

“For example, at the moment there is ad-hoc storage for different sports and it’s not sufficient or well placed.

“With a non-powered water sports precinct, we can start to bring all of that together in one place and make significant infrastructure improvements to better support the clubs.”

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