Local community facilities (or local community venues) are an important asset to the community. They provide flexible spaces for a wide range of community uses, including meetings, cultural development, community events, performances, learning, recreation activities and social gatherings.

Importantly, local community facilities can be key focal points for community life, and places for people to meet and connect.

Council undertook a community engagement program in the Peregian Springs community to understand the need and demand for a local community facility in this locality.

Community engagement


Throughout November 2021, council engaged with the community, local community organisations and other stakeholders to understand if there is a community need and demand for a community facility in the local area.

Council ran a number of engagement activities for the community to share their views. The range of ways to get involved included:


  • Complete the online survey. Submissions closed 30 November 2021.

  • Visit one of our pop-up market stalls:
    • 2pm-5pm, Wednesday 3 November 2021 @ Peregian Springs Shopping Centre
    • 8am-12pm, Thursday 4 November 2021 @ Peregian Springs Shopping Centre

  • Attend a virtual community workshop via Zoom - 5.30pm-7pm Tuesday 23 November 2021.

  • Attend a face-to-face community workshop - 9.30am-11am Friday 26 November 2021 @ Coolum Lions Club, 14 Russell Street, Coolum.


Where to from here

The findings from the community engagement program will be analysed, and recommendations made on whether there is a sufficient need and demand to support the future development of a local community facility in Peregian Springs.

The engagement project is due to be completed by 31 December 2021.

Overview

A preliminary assessment of the region’s local community facilities has indicated that there is a potential shortfall of local community facilities within the Peregian Springs locality.

The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy however requires that the planning and delivery of community infrastructure be based on evidenced need, and that Council will:

“develop and invest in a network of community infrastructure that is evidenced by population growth and community need, and seeks to utilise or enhance existing infrastructure (e.g. through partnerships with schools or powers/managers of identified under-utilised facilities) before creating new or temporary community infrastructure.”

A parcel of land located at 214 The Avenue, Peregian Springs has been allocated for a community facility purpose. The site is located adjacent to the Peregian Sports Ground and Ridges Recreation Club.

To inform the future development of this land, Council undertook a community engagement program to understand the current and future community needs for a facility in this location.

Contacts

For more information, contact council’s Community Planning Officer via email: engage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.