Livingstone Shire Council has hit the ground running as it prepares to roll out a three month initial community engagement and consultation phase to help determine what the Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation final design is going to look like.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Yeppoon Foreshore Stages 4 and 5 will be by far the biggest and most important stages since the first major stages were built in partnership with the State Government more than 12 years ago.
“The draft concept plans that won us the $25 million in State funding were always just the starting point of the journey, not the final design.” Cr Ludwig said.
“The input and ideas we receive will effectively guide and inform the design development, place-making elements and ultimately the final master-plan document.
“This next critical phase will see comprehensive engagement with the general community, stakeholder groups, business, community user groups, arts groups, senior citizens, major events organisers and our youth.
“State and Federal funding guidelines will also play a significant role in determining the ultimate scope of works, milestones and timelines that must be met.
“The State and Federal Governments will only supply funding if the final design clearly demonstrates that this project will be a catalyst for major economic uplift, private sector investment attraction and long-term job creation.
“Essentially, regional economic recovery and growth is the primary reason why Governments are prepared to provide such a substantial funding investment for our community.
“Effectively this means the State and Federal Governments will also need to sign-off on the final plans before construction can commence.
“As with any major project there will also be some mandatory elements that must be built such as major trunk-infrastructure, storm-tide seawall protection, multi-storey car park, road network realignments, and shared pedestrian zones.
“Council will be engaging a specialist team to help implement and action the engagement strategy, and to provide appropriate feedback to both the community and design team throughout every phase of the project design and delivery.
“The community’s vision both now, and from the very outset 12 years ago, is to progressively create a foreshore revitalisation that would be a flagship to attract visitors to
our region, while enhancing the amenity and local character of our unique foreshore environment.
“In the end what will really matter is how well we engage with, and harness, the positive energy and ideas from our community to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Cr Ludwig said.
Identified stakeholder and community groups will be contacted over coming weeks prior to meetings being scheduled from early October.
Other groups wishing to provide input can register their interest by contacting Livingstone Shire Council Customer Service Team on 49135000 or by visiting http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/855/Yeppoon-Foreshore-and-CBD-Revitalisation
Stakeholder and Community Groups identified for engagement
• All Residents
• Disability Access Groups
• All Service and Community Group Representatives e.g. Lions, Rotary, RSL
• All Sports and Recreation Groups
• Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving Club and Keppel Bay Sailing Club
• Foreshore and CBD Businesses
• Business Groups and Associations including Capricorn Enterprise, Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, Shop 4703 Group, and Busi-Women
• Youth Advisory Groups and Youth Council
• Senior Citizens Groups: Capricorn Coast Senior Citizens, U3A, Healthy Living Group
• Education Institutions (secondary schools and primary schools)
• Yeppoon Foreshore & CBD Think Tank
• Indigenous Representative Groups
• Keppel Coast Arts and other arts groups
• Fitness and Health Provider Groups
• Social Media Groups
• Environmental Groups including Envirolink, Activate Naturally, Land Care etc.
• Major Event Organisers and Tourist Operators
• CQUniversity (CQU)
• Capricorn Coast Ratepayers Association
• Community Development Centre Groups
• Cyclone Recovery Taskforces
• LSC Employees and Service Providers (Contractors, Consultants, Suppliers)