Last chance to enter the sprawling new mountaintop park

Residents are encouraged to give their input on plans for a 65-hectare eco-park adjoining the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve near Maleny before the community consultation closes at 5pm on Friday May 27.

People can comment on everything from facilities and activities to how to use spaces to preserve the environment for future generations.

Sunshine Coast Council environment and livability portfolio adviser Maria Suarez said the ball rolling was well and truly underway with the project’s three-part community consultation process underway.

“We are now in an exciting and creative part of the planning where we get to imagine what our dream eco-park would look like and hopefully bring it to life,” said Cr Suarez.

“It will be a park for locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast, so we would like to hear from everyone.

“We want to know which facilities and aspects of a park are important to you through an online questionnaire, with questions relating to the six established values ​​of the park.

“We would also like to know how important it is for you to have spaces and facilities such as picnic tables and shelters where you can hold celebrations with your loved ones or spaces to support performances and interactive creative art activities.

“You will be asked to rate how much you agree that the park has more accessible green spaces for our growing population and corridors to support the movement of wildlife.”

Tell the board what you think of the facilities and activities at the new park.

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Division 5 councilor Winston Johnston said all feedback from the survey will be considered as the council moves into Stage 2 of the consultation process to test and refine ideas.

“Stage 2 is due to start in mid-2022 and we will enter stage 3 in early 2023 when we present the draft master plan for public comment,” said Cr Johnston.

It follows the recent formation of the project’s Expert Advisory Group, led by renowned urban designer Cathryn Chatburn and featuring a diverse group of experts and visionaries, including John Mainwaring, BJ Murphy, Angela Wright, Alan Hoban , Spencer Shaw, John Wright and Ella Woodborne.

To have your say on the proposed park, visit the council’s Have Your Say website.

And to find out more about the park in general, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website and search for “Sunshine Coast Ecological Park”.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

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