How do you rebuild a town that has suffered the closure of its main industries and bring it into the 21st Century as an attractive place to live and work?
Ask the community, the people themselves who have raised families and lived through good and bad times.
About seven years of community consultation produced a plan for Cooroy and its catchment areas to attract skilled workers, commerce and new industries to the area.
On the site of the old mill, known as the Lower Mill Site, a community board drew up a master plan for the lower mill area and Mill Place Precinct after the state government handed control of the land to Noosa Council
The rejuvenation of Cooroy comprises three projects: Development of the lower mill site including refurbishment and restoration of the old boiler and kiln; Mill Place, including the library; and the Clever Networks project.
The road to recovery was started by the Cooroy Task Force, which morphed into the Lower Mill Board at the end of 2004.
The money for the Mill Place, including the $9.7 million for the library, was made available through the state government’s Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program, Noosa Council’s existing funding and the sale of land at Pearsons Road.
The western side of the Lower Mill site was turned over to commercial uses, and part of the strategy to attract large employers was provision of high-speed broadband internet.
The Clever Networks strategy was devised to deliver that need. For now, the project is delayed pending Monday’s vote at a special meeting of council.