Sunshine Coast Council has reinforced its commitment to the Maleny precinct with a number of priority works mapped out and ready to go this year.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said council was very pleased to see the Maleny precinct works program starting to take shape.
“The Maleny Community Precinct Master Plan – endorsed in June 2010 – is a culmination of many years of community and council collaboration to provide community-use facilities on former agricultural land,” she said.
“The three year staging of the plan is now well underway, and 2012 will be a year of delivery with $2million to be invested in precinct works.”
Cr McKay said one of the first projects to start will be the walking trails which are scheduled to commence construction after the wet season ends in April.
“The first stage of the interpretive trail is a loop from Pattemore House down to Reynolds Crossing which takes in some interesting bushland and Armstrong Creek,” she said.
“Over the next few years and subject to agreement with landholders, we are hopeful of being able to extend this trail from the Maleny Riverside Precinct to Gardiners Falls with a bridge over the Obi Obi.
“In April we will also commence building the access road and car park behind Pattemore House.
“This will enable people to park their cars and easily access the precinct from Porters Lane. It will be particularly beneficial to walkers, visitors to the house, golfers and members of Barung Landcare.
“We have also commenced detailed design for an amenities block for this area which will be built in the second half of 2012.”
Cr McKay said the first stage of works on the historic Pattemore House have now been completed.
“These conservation works have ensured the heritage house is structurally sound and able to meet public building standards. The next stage of these works is to make the house available for public use,” she said.
“All works around the house, including the car park, are being done under the watchful and caring eyes of the Friends of Pattemore House group to ensure that the heritage of the house and grounds are respected. The Friends who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with council have big plans to restore the gardens around the house in the near future.”
Earlier this month Greenhills in partnership with council have started vegetation work along Obi Obi Creek as part of their Caring for our Country Community Action Grant.
Further priority works planned in 2012 include construction of the first part of the Parkland Drive access road into the precinct.
It is also hoped that the Maleny Golf’s Material Change of Use (MCU) for the first nine holes of its golf course will be finalised in the next few weeks.
Maleny Community Precinct Advisory Committee Chair, Graham Hart said he was delighted to see the extensive works on the horizon, or already in full swing, for 2012.
“The advisory group, in partnership with key community stakeholders, has been working hard towards the vision for the Maleny precinct to become a place for the whole community to enjoy a wide range of recreational, sporting, cultural, educational and ecological experiences,” he said.
“This year I look forward to seeing a number of important projects undertaken that will provide a great outcome for the community of Maleny and for the Sunshine Coast.”
The Maleny Community Precinct Master Plan recognises the importance of protecting and enhancing significant vegetation and ecosystems and retaining the character of the region and its relationship with the surrounding landscape and nearby township.