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Task Force prepares
final proposal for Council
by Cameron Outridge

The Maleny Community Precinct Task Force is close to preparing a final proposal for Caloundra City Council.    It moved a step closer following a productive meeting on Thursday evening, 16 October, by the four subcommittees that had been established by the Task Force.

The subcommittees are: housing, community facilities, golf course and environment.   A draft master plan for Council’s consideration is likely to include an 18-hole community golf course integrated with extensive natural habitats, sporting, recreational and meeting facilities and residential housing.

As reported in the Range News (17 October), Caloundra City Council has referred a request from the Task Force for further project funding of $400,000 to the 2004/2005 Annual Financial Plan.    However, Councillors have confirmed their support for the work currently being undertaken by the taskforce, and have requested further details of the proposal.    Support for garden concept, but not instead of a golf course Task Force members acknowledged there was community interest in establishing what has been described as a Maleny or State Garden on the site.    Members were concerned however that the public perception was that garden concept would be instead of a Golf Course.    This is clearly not the case Council has received an expression of interest for a garden to be a part of the Maleny Commu- Task Force prepares final proposal for Council Community Precinct and there is every indication that there is space to accommodate the proposal.  

The Taskforce was concerned that the proposed Public Meeting on the “State Garden” may cause division in the community and so asked that the proponents ask Laurence Smith to present a concept for incorporating a state garden with the golf course to the Taskforce prior to holding a Public Meeting.  

During the meeting, each subcommittee provided a progress report.

Precinct housing should be in clusters, access via new bridge.   The residential housing subcommittee suggested there should be several clusters of houses throughout the site, in one and two-storey building styles; attached and detached forms; some retail shops and ‘state’ or affordable housing stock.   Lot sizes should vary from 400-2000 square metres.   It was also suggested that all housing lots be connected to mains water and sewerage.

Access to the site should be from Obi Lane North and South, with a vehicular bridge to be built over the Obi Obi Creek in the Gardners Falls area.   The meeting had some difficulty in determining how much residential housing should be configured into the precinct to meet Council’s demands that the project be largely self funding.

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