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Maleny Community has
say on Golf Club
by Cameron Outridge

The possibility of a golf course being constructed on land behind the Maleny Hotel and the primary school is to be presented to the community for debate.

Cr Pauline Clayton said many ideas had been raised including a three hectare site to be made available to the community for social or sporting facilities.  “Nothing has been decided,” Cr Clayton said.  “But the time has come for the community to have its say on the proposal.”   Cr Clayton said Mark Donnar from Tract Consultants had been engaged by the council to assist with the community consultation process.  “He will be setting up shop in Maleny for a few days from and including Thursday May 15.  “I suspect it will be at the Community Centre, but that has yet to be organised.”  The councillor said it was vital that everyone in the community looked at the proposal and was fully aware of the possibilities and ramifications.  “The community will decide if this proposal can to ahead,” she said.

The proposal was kicked off nearly 18 months ago when the Maleny Golf Club Group approached the council for a site to construct a golf club.  “Since then many notions and ideas have been raised, but it wasn’t until recently the council voted to fund the drafting and economic assessment documents necessary to prepare and present this potential project to the community.”   This therefore is the first stage in the process, the important one where residents of this division consider the proposal and make recommendations.

“If the community says it does not like the idea then it is over and done with,” Cr Clayton said.  Contact Mark Donnar on 3229 7444, or mobile 0418 153 992, or email at mdoonar@tractbris.com to arrange a time to study the proposal.  Or call Cr Clayton 5435 8008 or 5420 8961.  Cr Clayton said she believed this to be one of the most important projects to come before the council from this community.  “It is the first time since the showgrounds were established in the 1920s that we have the potential to acquire land for more community facilities.”

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.