Noosa locals say 'give beach a break from event treadmill'
NOOSA is looking to cap major tourism events along its prime tourist strip to seven despite extending the Main Beach limit right along Hastings St, Noosa Lions Park and down along the Spit.
Councillors on Thursday will vote on proposed events policy changes as outlined by council's property adviser Denis Wallace.
Mr Wallace said 19 public submissions were received including 13 residents, three from community groups and three business/industry groups.
He said this "modest” community response to the draft policy included event impacts such as lack of access to recreational areas, public spaces and tourist locations, congestion and overcrowding as well as road closures.
This had resulted in a "loss of quiet weekends for residents to enjoy Noosa's attractions”.
"These concerns are consistent with community feedback and media coverage in recent years,” Mr Wallace said.
"Most of the (19) submitters that expressed concern with the impact of events also called for a moratorium on new events or a cap on overall event numbers.”
He is recommending that "tourism events in the Hastings St precinct are not to exceed seven total events”.
"The Hastings St precinct applies to Hastings St, Main Beach, Main Beach West, Noosa Woods and Noosa Lions Park,” Mr Wallace said.
"Caps already exist under the Main Beach Events Policy including seven tourist events.”
Mr Wallace said a number of submitters called for council to identify a new location for major events away from tourism precincts to ease congestion and pressure on high use areas.
He said the proposed policy provides potential for this outcome but council is yet to investigate or identify such sites.
"In response to ongoing community concerns regarding the impact of road closures, it is recommended council's website be amended to list all upcoming closures including those for events, roadworks, etc.”.
"A master planning process, similar to that recently undertaken for the community land along the Noosaville foreshore, would provide opportunity to holistically consider the recreational, commercial and community use of all community land (parks, reserves, beaches, roads and carparks) in that area.
"The recommendation includes an item for staff to investigate options to proceed to a new master planning process for future council consideration,” Mr Wallace said.