A home for a range of community groups and initiatives are part of the first stage of the Moore Park Beach masterplan, with a tender recently released for construction.
The concept designs released as part of the tender show a range of modern and nature-inspired buildings and storage options, interconnected through a network of pathways.
Among the community facilities in the tender will be:
- Moore Park Beach Mens Shed, to be used for a variety of trade-based activities
- Moore Park Beach Community Hub building which will be the base for Moore Park Beach Arts Inc and also available for hire by Moore Park Beach-based community organisations. It will provide a more robust activity space and increase opportunities for these organisations that are not able to function out of the existing timber floored community hall
- Community storage sheds will be utilised by groups including Moore Park Beach Scouts, Moore Park Beach Men’s Shed and the Moore Park Beach Arts Inc.
- Space will also be created for a second hand shop for the Moore Park Beach Community Association
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the new community facilities would foster collaboration and provide a dedicated space for a raft of activities from fundraising to social inclusion.
“We have been very pleased to be able to work on this concept with the support and input of a wide variety of community members and organisations to ensure we’re delivering the best outcome for all,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“The Moore Park Beach masterplan has been developed following significant community consultation and it is very pleasing to see it progressing.
“We have been proactively and progressively updating town centres throughout the region, including Gin Gin, Elliott Heads and Burnett Heads and now the spotlight is on Moore Park Beach.”
Moore Park Beach Community Association treasurer Jim Harrop said he had been impressed with the consultation process undertaken by Council to get the masterplan to this point.
“The Council has been very consultative,” Mr Harrop said.
“To be honest I’m quite impressed we’re actually getting to the stage where we can deliver on it so quickly, Local Government projects can sometimes take a bit longer.
“From the idea to execution – and it’s something which all the organisations are more than happy with – I think it’s been a fantastic achievement for the Council and association and the community groups.”
Mr Harrop is also Group Leader of Moore Park Beach Scouts and said the group was thrilled to secure a room and storage space.
The facility will allow them to grow the group without having to take any focus away from activities for the children by a need to fundraise for their own den.
“We’re definitely in a win-win position,” he said.
“You can imagine how much camping equipment we need to store as a scout group!”
Older scout members will also be given the opportunity to secure an independent space in the Moore Park Beach masterplan community facilities.
“We call it youth led, adult supported. From the start we’ve asked for their input.
“A lot of the ideas I put through to the committee came from the youth members.
“It’s been a good process for them and for me.”
Moore Park Beach community facilities, landscaping, access in works
Divisional representative Cr Jason Bartels said the section of the project currently out to tender involved finalising the design, undertaking the construction, commissioning, certification and hand over of the works.
“In addition to these fantastic community facilities, work will include surf club landscaping and car parking, an upgrade to the holiday park’s sewerage treatment system and external works including footpaths and driveways.
“Tenders will close shortly before Christmas and will be assessed and awarded in the New Year, so we anticipate work to begin on the ground around the middle of next year.
“I know how excited the entire Moore Park Beach community will be to know that work will soon be underway.”
This stage of the Moore Park Beach masterplan has been supported through the State Government 2022-24 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.