Queensland

Mooloolaba closer to losing unpopular beachfront car parks: Council

Mooloolaba is one step closer to shifting its unpopular car parks away from the beachfront.

The Sunshine Coast Council has short-listed firms interested in building a private car park behind Mooloolaba and shifting the unpopular beachfront car parks from Mooloolaba's beach.

The project was announced in August 2015.

At its first meeting for 2016, on January 28, the council will call tenders for firms to build a multi-level car park with 500 spaces on a council-owned block now used as a car park behind Mooloolaba beach.

The Sunshine Coast Council's Brisbane Road car park has 176 car parks. It plans to sell or lease the car park to a private business, which would collect fees from people parking there.

The project is part of the 20-year, multi-million-dollar Placemaking Mooloolaba project, which aims to give Mooloolaba a modern facelift as a family-friendly beach area.

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This smaller project is called the Brisbane Road Car Park project and the idea is the site could generate a private car park and hotel complex.

A planning report to next week's full Sunshine Coast Council shows;

  • Previous studies questioned whether providing 500 car spaces was "finally attractive",
  • The firms which have expressed interest have been "ranked" by specialist technical staff,
  • Officers now recommend the council invite tenders for the project.

The Sunshine Coast Council economic development area has determined the Mooloolaba region needs about 1000 extra car spaces over "the medium to long term", the report says.

"Council officers propose that, regardless of the future redevelopment uses of the Brisbane Road Car Park, the site should accommodate a minimum of 500 public car spaces exclusive of any onsite generated parking requirements," it says.

"This will allow council to manage short to medium term parking demands and to also facilitate other catalyst projects that will revitalise Mooloolaba."

In August last year Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the car park was underutilised and had the potential to be a catalyst for change in Mooloolaba.

"This is a pivotal site for Mooloolaba and Sunshine Coast as a whole," Cr Jamieson said.

"It is underutilised and redevelopment could provide substantial benefits to the community and our economy."

As one side-issue to this bigger Mooloolaba reshaping project – which includes closing the beachfront council-run Mooloolaba Caravan Park at the north of the beach – a group of long-term campers are attempting to have the caravan park added to Queensland's Heritage Register.

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