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Work has started on a $1.6 million makeover of two community spaces beside the beach.

After three rounds of community engagement, a revamp is underway at Lions and Norrie Job parks, which are next to each other at Coolum Beach.

Sunshine Coast councillor Maria Suarez detailed the status of the project.

“We’re starting the staged works and I am looking forward to seeing the landscape plan brought to life, designed with and for our people,” she said.

“A huge thank you to all those in our community who gave extensive feedback over the past seven years to help inform the final landscape plan.

“It’s a standout example of how we’re connecting and engaging with our communities to build a better future for everyone.”

The plans for Lions and Norrie Job parks.

The first stage of works was scheduled to start at the beginning of June and expected to be completed by end of September, weather and site conditions permitting.

“We’re starting the staged construction for the landscape plan upgrades with stages 1A and 1B of the landscaping works,” Cr Suarez said.

“This will revitalise this popular outdoor space and make it more welcoming and accessible for everyone in our community.”

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Stage one works will include replacing the existing shelter including new barbecues and furniture, new fitness equipment and soft-fall surfaces, new pathways and timber pedestrian bridge, inground services, electrical infrastructure and drainage works, softscape works and signage.

State Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie welcomed the investment, which he said would help breathe new life into a key community resource.

An artist’s impression of Lions and Norrie Job parks at Coolum Beach.

“Being centrally located, Norrie Job Park is a well-loved community space and I hope these upgrades will really enhance this popular location and encourage even more locals and visitors to get out and enjoy it,” he said.

The section of the parks receiving upgrades will be closed during construction.

Sunshine Coast Council provided funding of more than $1 million and partnered with the Australian government, which contributed $250,000 through its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and the state government, which provided $250,000 through its Minor Infrastructure Program.

The timing of future stages two and three is still to be confirmed.

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