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Consultation to begin on
Maleny Community Precinct
by Cameron Outridge

The Hinterland community is being asked to view the Maleny Community Precinct proposal, which includes a golf course, and provide their comments.

Caloundra City Mayor, Councillor Don Aldous said the council has engaged Mark Doonar of Tract Consultants to carry out the community consultation process.

“An interactive ‘shop front’ will operate at the Maleny Library on Thursday to Saturday, May 15, 16, 17 and Monday, May 19, to guage the community’s support for the proposal,” he said.

“There will also be a large display at the Caloundra City Show (Maleny Showgrounds) on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 to give more people an opportunity to study the options and ideas and have their say.”

Cr Aldous said no decision has been made on the proposal and the council needs to hear from the community before it can consider acquiring land for the project.   “The site under consideration is located behind the Maleny Hotel.   “There is the potential in this proposal for council to achieve ‘best practice’ management in the disposal of waste water from the Maleny Sewerage Treatment Plant,” he said.    Divisional Councillor, Pauline Clayton said it was important for the community to consider all the ramifications of this proposal.

“Many options and ideas have been raised, but ultimately it will be the community that decides whether the proposal is worth pursuing further.”

Residents wanting furher information or to make an appointment to discuss the proposal, should contact Mark Doonar on (07) 3229 7444 during office hours, or contact him at

Pre-consultation keeps residents a step ahead.   A pre-consultation process designed to sharpen the community’s ability to take advantage of Caloundra City Council’s formal consultation process on the proposed Maleny community precinct was convened on Saturday May 10.  With around 30 participants in attendance and protagonists and antagonists in the same room at the same time, an interesting session ensued. Robust, but healthy debate took place, as the workshop made its way through an agenda of identification of community needs, a reality check on achieving those needs, site opportunities and constraints and a concept plan critique.

When asked to shortlist a lengthy range of community needs, five emerged as key items for the next couple of years: traffic solutions, housing (affordable, retirement and aged care), maintenance of green hills themes, preparation of an economic development strategy, relocation of the swimming pool and provision of a multi-use community space.    Participants then examined the proposed site for the community project to identify opportunities and constraints resulting in a number of significant problems with the existing design. At the same time, participants also recognised that some of the short-listed community needs may potentially be fulfilled by the site or a funding stream from the site, however it was agreed that this is unclear without further research.    Three key outcomes emerged from the meeting:  

• A recognition that there is great value in representatives from all sides of the debate participating in joint sessions on these issues.

• An acknowledgement that the Maleny community needs to work proactively together to reach a conclusion on the future of the community precinct site, with fractured reactions leaving the path clear for Caloundra City Council to choose just one of those reactions.

• Maleny is ready, willing and able to participate in community governance processes.

Paul Summers will prepare a report on the outcomes from the exercise and suggest a series of recommendations to advance the above outcomes.

More ‘all-in’ workshops on this issue will be convened in the near future. In the meantime the Paul Summers Planning Strategies website provides background information for the workshop, site information, participant lists, etc. and will carry updated information as it comes to hand.

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