See the new design for ‘hinterland ‘heart’

Artist impression – Bury Street looking towards the Nambour council building.

A new plan has been revealed for a naturally beautiful, creative and culturally active town known as the ‘heart of the hinterland’.

Sunshine Coast Council has been working on a draft concept plan which will help revive the region’s historic hub of Nambour and guide its future.

The Nambour (Namba) Place Plan aims to develop a strategy for Nambour’s town centre to fuse its growing reputation as a creative and welcoming place through greener streets, wider pathways, art installations and open spaces.  

Sunshine Coast Council Division 10 Councillor David Law said this approach ensured that designs for the town’s public space met the values and needs of the community.

Artist impression – Mill Street intersection.

“I’m excited to release the draft design which encompasses five streets within Nambour’s town centre which really captures the essence of the hub,” Cr Law said.

“One of the highlights for me in this plan is the improved pedestrian experience with cooler greener streets, welcoming spaces, and generous footpaths to encourage outdoor dining and socialising.

“The design also encourages a more active main street where people feel comfortable, safe and connected as they walk through town.

“This ensures we are servicing the business, entertainment, cultural, health and education needs of the town and the surrounding communities.

“I’m pleased to see the project drawing inspiration and direction from community engagement and this next stage honours and acknowledges how quickly the town is changing and expanding. 

“I encourage our community to view the concept and share their feedback via an online survey before September 22, 2023.” 

The community can also get involved by meeting the project team at one of the pop-up sessions running until September 14.

Artist impression – aerial view of Howard Street.

This placemaking strategy is part of Nambour Centre Activation Project – focussed on invigorating this major hinterland centre over the next 10 years.

Councillor Law also thanked residents for providing their feedback on the Nambour Community Safety Survey late last year to understand community perception of crime and safety in Nambour.

“The final report presents nine key findings and six recommendations to be considered by Council and the Nambour community.

“Some recommendations include creating a multi-agency partnership, implementing visible uniformed patrols on foot and bike and activating public spaces.

“The final report includes all findings and further recommendations and can be viewed on Council’s Have Your Say website.”

Council recognises the importance of Nambour as one of the region’s key service centres and the work being undertaken will help create a greater sense of place for the future of Nambour and hinterland communities.

Preliminary design and feasibility work for repurposing the Nambour Administration buildings is underway. This work is being undertaken by Wilson Architects and ensures that the future use of our buildings in the town is in the best interests of the community.

Potential uses for the buildings include a new Nambour district library and heritage library, multi-purpose community spaces, Customer Contact Centre and Council administration offices.

More than 200 council staff will continue to be based in Nambour as part of Council’s broader regional Workplaces program.

For more information about the Nambour Centre Activation Project please visit council’s website.

Pop-up sessions available:

  • 4pm-7pm, Friday 25 August: Nambour Forecourt Live event, Bury St
  • 8am-2pm, Thursday 31, August: Nambour Townsquare market
  • 10am-Noon, Tuesday 5 September: Nambour Library
  • 9:30am-12.30pm, Saturday 9 September: Mill Village Centre, Mill St
  • 9:30am-12.30pm, Thursday 14 September: Plaza Nambour, Ann St



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