How to paint Brightwater’s blank canvas?
Supermarket? Fish and chip shop? Check and check.
Parks and playgrounds? Double check.
So what do you give a community that appears to have covered plenty of bases already?
That’s the question being asked in Brightwater as we speak, after the Sunshine Coast Council called on expressions of interest from not-for-profits to deliver a community facility on a key block of vacant land on Brightwater Blvd.
The 5000 square metre block currently plays the role of unofficial carpark when school pick up and drop off times cause overflow, but the hope is to deliver a piece of infrastructure or public space that will benefit the growing community of 2000 homes housing 5000 residents.
Out of 239 responses to a survey conducted with locals, 132 were in support of the site becoming a community garden or community centre, with strong support also for a multi-purpose facility that be suited to teenagers in the area.
Parking was another option also raised as a potential use for the at least part of the site.
Brightwater resident Rachael Hellicar said she’d like to see a community garden and carpark established on the site catering to both school kids and younger children as well as helping solve peak-hour traffic congestion.
“A bit of both would be nice,” she said.
Brightwater real estate agent Paula Anderson-Stevens thought a community hall-type building which could be used as a before and after-school care facility as well as a number of community groups could also help entertain young teenagers in the area.
Stuart Excell, owner of The Fryer of Whitby, was keen on the idea of a water play park or community garden on the site.
“We thought a water play park for the kids and that would work well,” Mr Excell said.
“I think a water park or a community garden would work really well.
“An organic garden... something on the food side of things, I'd love to get involved in the community personally with something like that.”