Coastal pocket’s cool change

Enhancing the area’s natural vibe, providing more shade trees and creating safer and easier access are going to make this cool coastal pocket even cooler.

Work is soon to start on a staged makeover of Marcoola, where the community has worked with Sunshine Coast Council on a plan to rejuvenate its local environment and facilities.

Residents, businesses and other groups have helped guide the development of the Marcoola Future Funding Plan.

This will help guide future planning and construction projects and protect what the community enjoys about this seaside favourite, while also enhancing the area.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said he was excited to see the community’s feedback come to fruition after a rigorous planning process, with construction expected to start in the coming months.

“Marcoola has a very engaged and active community. They have strong environmental values and a desire to ensure that their neighbourhood is safe and accessible for all,” Cr O’Pray said.

“These values and vision have directly informed the enhancements and the staging to deliver the plan.

“It is not just about improvements to be delivered but also how they are approached.

Marcoola Masterplan Concept Plan

“For example, the design palette celebrates the local natural environment. Materials chosen will use neutral tones and exude a natural warmth.

“The vegetation planted will include species indigenous and endemic to the Marcoola area,” he said.

The Future Funding Plan includes the areas just north of the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club at the Tamarindus Street intersection, through to the car park south of the Lorraine Avenue shops. Lorraine Avenue will be the first area to receive an upgrade.

In the short-term the community will benefit from safer crossing points, new kerb ramps and shade through natural street tree canopies. A future street art project will celebrate the vibrant spirit of this tight-knit community.

Further community updates will be provided closer to construction.

Lorraine Avenue improvements include:

  • A new pram ramp on Marcoola Esplanade south alignment connecting businesses with the coastal pathway
  • A future street activation/street art project on Lorraine Avenue to engage community participation and collaboration
  • Additional kerb build outs and pram ramps on Lorraine Avenue adjacent Petrie Road along with connecting footpaths to improve safety and pedestrian amenity
  • Street tree planting and park/green space upgrades.

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