Experts, community groups to provide advice on Maroochy River estuary
  • Thursday 20 April 2017

Community groups, business organisations and residents across the Sunshine Coast will be actively encouraged to provide input and share their feedback on proposed options for the Maroochy River entrance.

Following council’s resolution in January, an independent consultant was engaged to develop a cost benefit analysis and concept designs on a range of coastal protection options at the river mouth.  

Once complete, this information will be publicly available along with details of planned information sessions and online tools which will allow people to share their views. 

This extensive consultation process, which will also include the formation of the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group (MRECG), was endorsed by council today.

In addition to standing members representing State Government agencies, the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Surf Live Saving Queensland, the group will include up to three representatives from estuary interest groups, including local surf clubs, environmental groups and Indigenous community  representatives, as well as three community representatives from across the Sunshine Coast.  These non-standing members will be sourced via an expression of interest process. 

An independent chair will be appointed to lead the group.

The chair’s first task will be to sit on a three-member panel and assess the expressions of interest and establish the membership of the group.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council appreciated how important the issue was to local residents and businesses, and wanted to ensure the community had access to all relevant facts and information on the proposal.

“In order to have a genuine consultation process, we need to ensure everyone has access to all the basic facts and information including costs, social, environmental and economic factors,” Mayor Jamieson said.  

“I know a lot of people are very passionate about this issue, which is why it is important that we present clear, accurate, evidenced-based information to the community and offer every opportunity for residents across the region to be involved and share their views.”

Full details about the community consultation process, the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group and expression of interest forms will be available on council’s website in coming days.

Advice from the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation group and previous correspondence will be presented, along with direct community feedback, in a report to council in December 2017.