There’s a new pathway under construction between Pattemore House and The Bales. The pathway follows the original farm house track along the Obi Creek on the Maleny Precinct and is the first of a number of trails starting to take shape on the Precinct.
An incoming Coalition Government will launch three Green Army projects to tackle local environmental issues in Fisher.
Fisher LNP candidate Mal Brough said an elected Coalition would build a 15,000 strong Green Army Environmental workforce Australia-wide.
“This national roll-out will be the largest standing environmental workforce in Australia’s history,” Mr Brough said.
“It’s tasks will include three on-the-ground environmental projects for Fisher of up to 25 weeks duration.”
The local projects include:
- Maleny Community Precinct Rehabilitation and Community Access: Site rehabilitation including weed control and revegetation works and building a public trail network across the site.
- Dune and Coastal Rehabilitation from Sunshine Beach to the Pumicestone Passage: Reduce weeds across the foreshores; enhance dune stabilisation such as fencing and revegetation works; and bank stabilisation works associated with coastal lagoons.
- Bells Creek Riparian Rehabilitation Project: Working with farmers to exclude stock from the corridor; weed and feral pig eradication; Pumicestone Passage water mouse habitat protection; feral pig management.
“The Green Army is an exciting development in the way we tackle environmental projects,” said Mr Brough.
“Not only will it actively improve hundreds of sites across the country, but local young people will be able to join the Green Army and get training and learn to work as part of a team.
“Participants will receive a training allowance, as well as gain valuable work skills and potential qualifications in different areas of environmental remediation.
“I hope joining the Green Army will become a rite-of-passage for hundreds of local young people throughout Fisher in the years ahead.
“Joining the Green Army will teach many young people about teamwork, local ownership and about the value of belonging to something greater than yourself.
Mr Brough said the Green Army projects would complement the work of local environmental and landcare groups as well as the environmental work undertaken by councils.
“I am looking forward to working with residents, local environmental groups and local community in identifying projects throughout Fisher that the Green Army can tackle.”
The Alexandra Foreshore Conservation Group, which regularly meets to eradicate weeds and re-vegetate the Bluff, welcomed the concept of Green Army assistance.
“Additional hands will help in the on-going task of improving our Alex coastline,” said Group President Josie Ryan.
“The critical issue of recent concern is stabilisation of the dunes behind Council’s beach nourishment project at the northern end of Alex, one of the weakest links in this area of the Coast. The Alexandra Headland Community Association has also submitted a proposal to Council for a boardwalk connecting Alex and Maroochy beaches, and similar projects have been assisted in the past by the Green Army. It’s refreshing to hear of proposals that will be of practical benefit to our community.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson visited Maleny on Friday 25th January to open a key piece of infrastructure on the Maleny Community Precinct site.
An access road and 70-space car park—located between the golf driving range and Pattemore House, and accessed via Porters Lane—is the first major infrastructure item to be delivered on the precinct as part of the approved master plan.
The Mayor was accompanied by divisional Councillor Jenny McKay and other Sunshine Coast councillors together with representatives from the various community, environmental and sporting groups at the centre of the Precinct’s plans and development.
Mayor Jamieson said he is pleased to open such an essential component of the project.
“The car park opening represents a significant milestone for the project as it delivers important access to the precincts walking paths, Pattemore House and other precinct attractions,” Mayor Jamieson said.
While in the region the Mayor also too the opportunity to visit nearby Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.”
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said she was pleased to celebrating a significant milestone on the precinct project.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the Mayor was in Maleny on Friday to familiarise himself with two of the current projects, the Maleny Community Precinct and the much-loved Mary Cairncross Reserve,” Cr McKay said.
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.