100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

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

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

New building doubles city centre’s residential capacity

The Maroochydore city centre will soon be home to about 300 more residents, after the opening of a two-tower development. The Corso Residential Apartments, by More

Group calls for mass changes at camping hotspot

A group of government, tourism and environment representatives has called for widespread changes to improve management of a booming camping destination. The Teewah and Cooloola More

New boardwalk opens along Coastal Pathway

A 160m section of beachfront boardwalk has opened to the public after nine months of construction. The Caloundra Headland boardwalk, near Kings Beach, has replaced More

Boy, 11, dies after collision between bike and bus

An 11-year-old boy has died following a bus crash in Buderim this afternoon. Preliminary inquiries indicate a bus was travelling along Jingellic Drive near Karawatha More

Ultimate field trip inspires students to consider further study

Two Sunshine Coast Year 12 students have seen where tertiary education can take them during the field trip of their lives, thanks to the More

Glamping retreat and century-old homestead for sale

A 20-hectare property with glamping sites and a 100-year-old homestead has hit the market. Kanimbia estate, at 27 Innalls Road at Obi Obi, has attracted More

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.”

Do you have an opinion to share? Submit a Letter to the Editor at Sunshine Coast News via news@sunshinecoastnews.com.au. You must include your name and suburb.

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.”

Like stories that inform, connect and celebrate the Sunshine Coast? So do we. Join an independent local news revolution by subscribing to our FREE daily news feed at the bottom of this article.

Subscribe to SCN’s Daily News

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
[scn_go_back_button] Return Home