Park master plan unveiled

IMPROVEMENTS: Conondale Memorial Recreation Park.
IMPROVEMENTS: Conondale Memorial Recreation Park. Contributed

ENHANCED public open space and the Elaman Creek recreation area are two of the wins outlined in the Conondale Memorial Recreation Park Master Plan 2016-2031 endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said extensive community feedback had informed the design and recommendations of the master plan.

Key recommendations include:

  • Enhanced recreational opportunities including access, shelter, seating, adjacent to Elaman Creek to support passive community use.
  • Improved community access to the park and creek area.
  • Improved road access to the site.
  • Inclusion of signage to acknowledge the site's historical significance.
  • Improved navigation throughout the site.
  • Retention of the Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Club as a tenant of the site.

"We have developed the master plan to ensure it aligns with our community's needs, while also protecting the environmental values of the site,” Cr McKay said.

"Importantly, the master plan adheres with council endorsed strategies, all of which outlined the protection of the park as a motorcycle precinct with regional significance.

"The master plan also upholds a key principle of ensuring continued and improved community access to the park.

"We have incorporated feedback from the final consultation phase which includes the realignment of the western internal access road to minimise disturbance over the previous race track positioning.

"The master plan also provides opportunities for council and the Conondale community to consult regarding the final location of a proposed new Anzac memorial.”

Cr McKay said it was important to note that implementation of the master plan would require external funding help as the recommendations were beyond the capacity of council to fund alone.

"The adoption of the master plan provides relevant stakeholders, community groups and council with a strategic direction to implement improvements in a clear and focused way, and provides a foundation for grant applications and facility planning,” she said.

Council will apply to the State Government for the Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Club to be granted a 30-year lease at the park.

Topics:  conondale master plan park sunshine coast council

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