A wave of excitement has hit Moore Park Beach as a successful funding application provides certainty to a raft of improvements under Bundaberg Regional Council’s masterplan.
The State Government announced Council had secured the $2.94 million under the latest round of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Council would match those funds for what is part of the initial masterplan works.
“Securing these funds from the State Government provides certainty for the Moore Park Beach community that work can move ahead on the initial stages of the masterplan,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“We’ve delivered a number of revitalisation projects in recent times – like the Burnett Heads and Gin Gin Streetscapes and the Elliott Heads foreshore – and now it’s time to provide the same benefits for the growing community of Moore Park Beach.
“This stage of the project will deliver new community buildings for groups like the Men’s Shed, Scouts and arts and sporting groups.
“It will also be used to develop additional car parking and open community spaces at the site of the existing Surf Lifesaving Club, in conjunction with that organisation’s development of a new clubhouse.
“Moore Park Beach is one of the most pristine stretches of sandy beach in the state and this masterplan will help to ensure that the supporting community facilities are at the same high standard as its natural beauty.”
The initial stages of the Moore Park Beach masterplan include:
- An extension of the existing Community Centre which involves:
- A new workshop building for the Moore Park Beach Men’s Shed
- A new flexible building able to provide space for training, art classes and other activities
- Storage space for community organisations
- New amenities to service these facilities
- Redevelopment of the current surf lifesaving site into an open community space
- A youth area including nature-based playground, skate park and pump track
- Associated landscaping and streetscape works
Divisional representative Cr Jason Bartels welcomed the funding.
“The Moore Park Beach Masterplan is the result of extensive planning and community consultation,” Cr Bartels said.
“These works will enhance the unique character of Moore Park Beach and the wonderful lifestyle it offers as well as raising its profile as a must-see destination for holiday makers and day trippers.
“Features of the masterplan, which will be delivered over about five stages, include a beach activity area, all-abilities adventure playground and a community deck.
“The initial stages will also deliver extensive streetscape and landscaping works, with new paths, gardens and shade structures.
“There will be a focus on creating innovative places and facilities that encourage local activation while guiding future environmental improvements.”
Cr Bartels said Council was now awaiting the outcome of a separate grant application which would allow all initial works to commence concurrently, creating efficiencies and cost savings.
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