Green light for Mooloolaba foreshore renewal

Artist's impression of the upgraded Mooloolaba foreshore. | Newsreel
An artist's impression of the Mooloolaba foreshore renewal featuring the central meeting place and seawall. | Photo: Supplied by Sunshine Coast Council.

Mooloolaba’s foreshore will feature more beachfront parkland, enhanced community spaces and a terraced seawall with Sunshine Coast Council today approving the next stage of the area’s revitalisation plan.

Work on Stage Two of the area’s Master Plan will begin next year and also include a viewing deck, improved access to the beach and foreshore, new accessible pathways and modern public amenities.

Sunshine Coast Council Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez said the revitalised foreshore would ensure Mooloolaba remained an attractive and competitive destination.

Cr Suarez said the area would also play an important role welcoming visitors, spectators and athletes attending the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There are a number of key drivers for the revitalisation project, including the need to renew the area’s “Loo with a View” to reduce public risk.

There was also a need to improve the resilience of the foreshore, which will now be protected by a new seawall to withstand the predicted coastal conditions for the next 50 years and beyond.

Cr Suarez said since 2012 the community had been routinely engaged on a range of Mooloolaba projects from the area’s original Master Plan.

She said two groups have helped progress the project to this stage, with the Mooloolaba Business Activation Group and Mooloolaba Stakeholder Interest Group meeting on a number of occasions with the project team, allowing them an opportunity to unpack the design, listen and work with the business community in developing a Business Activation Plan.

“We are focused on ensuring our business community is supported by Council and approving the finalisation of the Business Activation Plan is vital,” Cr Suarez said.

“This plan will help businesses to continue to attract locals and visitors before, during and after Stage Two’s construction, as well as share the future vision for this regionally significant project.”

Stage Two follows the completion of the multi-award-winning first stage, the Northern Parklands, in 2022.

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