What do you think it should be like to live, work and visit the Hinterland in the future?

over 5 years ago
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What is your vision? How do you see the Hinterland in 20 years – will you still be living here. Will your children still be living here?

  • mary almost 8 years ago
    The emphasis here is on RURAL. We need positive incentives to sustain the earth and food supply using modern infrastructure and means to encourage agriculture at least as much as other sustainable industry.
  • IanBates almost 8 years ago
    As a Kin Kin resident this whole question is dependent on whether or not the Kin Kin Quarry goes ahead. A hinterland dominated by a mega quarry in 20 years time will not be a place I would want my children to live in. Without the quarry, I see a place of quiet and community - where people meet and greet and live in peace. I see a vibrant community of home-based businesses, socially and culturally mature, where people want to live and raise their families. Hopefully, too, a productive small crop farming area where local markets can support the industrious and the land can be used to produce the food we need.
  • Anitap almost 8 years ago
    My vision before I found out about the MEGA quarry (Dec 2009) was I would be living in my dream home that I bought in 2001 and my 4 children would come and visit me with their children. My grandchildren would climb the trees my children planted and enjoy the beautiful serenity of the Noosa Hinterland but now I have the stress of fighting for my tranquility that I thought I would never lose!
  • Sunshine Surprise almost 8 years ago
    The Sunshine Coast Community has the opportunity to encourage and promote a wonderfully wise & diversely unique, creative meccha for both locals and to encourage tourism. The global promotion of both public & private Art Galleries, events and workshops held here can only bring in the lucritive dollar and help support, not only the artists/creators themselves & their families, but the wider community. The basis is already in place. Let's continue to support and promote this.We also have the wonderful opportunity to encourage far more organic & permaculture gardens etc., and the overall choice to live in a healthy, wisely planned environment.I would also like to acknowledge that along with the plethora of local markets, The Nambour and Peregian Originals bring the feeling of community to our world here on the Sunny Coast :)
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    • weisarts almost 8 years ago
      Well said Sunrise Surprise. I couldn't agree more.
    • Annette Hughes almost 8 years ago
      When this recession really kicks in - within the year, relying on 'art' will not see any money rolling in. No one will be travelling anywhere. Rather, we need to conscentrate on bringing communities together for resilience to get though it.
  • weisarts almost 8 years ago
    I love to see people taking on pieces of land and old houses and bringing new life to them. I love to see trees being planted, grounds being kept, animals being loved and cared for. I love to see people celebrating together, working together, helping each other, feeding each other and encouraging newcomers and welcoming them into the fold. I love to see people sharing expertise, local knowledge, surplus produce and materials while lending an ear with an open heart. I love to see people chatting, laughing, singing and kids playing while selling their wares and talents at the hall, markets and from their front doors. I love to see one beautiful garden flow into the next and the next with shared inspiration, collaborative initiative and lots of cuttings. I love to see people engage the skills of their own townsfolk and value their trades and talents.I'd love to see these things given high regard in planning so that they may grow in content and diversity. The larger the big cities and towns become, the more important the hinterlands become, as caretakers of the environment and escapes and second lives for the city dwellers to reconnect with Nature.I love the way the hinterland has developed in the fifteen years I have been here. If valued and nurtured it will grow stronger and healthier. This return to the land is only in its first generation, with the second on its way. Home gardening, recycling, alternative energy, growing environmental awareness and knowledge, natural healing and country-style hospitality are all emerging and should make living, working and visiting the hinterland an ever richer experience.
  • JDonaldson almost 8 years ago
    I see this once eco area in 20 years as an empty shell of what it was before the quarry. Roads to rough for bikes and tourist coming in on sunday drives, let alone locals . Properties being sold off because this once quite part of the world is now a buzz with the exhaust brakes of trucks 6 days a week . What a waste, how can this be done?. My children will not be living on or near the Kin Kin Range road!.
  • Shaun almost 8 years ago
    There need to be scope for rural enterprise - a sustainable community has employment and economy as well as natural environment and society.Places that are still producing are more authentic and interesting than vacant rural land.How do we make the most of small land holdings that have been left over from subdivisions/
  • janetized almost 8 years ago
    I arrived on the SSC over 20years ago with my family. We had a vision then and we worked to achieve our vision by working to a plan; It worked. Our son was educated,we had a semi-rural property and a registered industry training company in which both my husband and I worked. We retired owning our own home with moderate investments. I am now a widow and my son has had to leave the SSC for employment - like many others. Whilst this does broaden skills,it aught to be a shift by choice, for our under 30 year olds. Cheaper housing close to the retail and hospitality industries is urgently required.Many issues need to be discussed about how the SSC could be more innovative about housing for aging population,as there is a gap in persection about what constitutes "the aged". If you are the one who is 65years old, then you do not conisder yourself as "aged"; you are too young for a retirement home and too challenged for a large garden. We need more "Bluefin Courts- Noosa Waters" and they need to be cost effective with shared spaces,perhaps shared permaculture gardens and shared potting sheds and workshop spaces for all types of hobbies that encourage recycling and art workshops,as an example. These smaller plots aught to become a compulsory percentage of every new sub-division to encourage a better mix of pre-nest, in the nest, and post nest communities. This would be heaven on earth. Imagine having school youngsters working in the garden after school with the older generations mentoring these hobbies. Win/win outcomes for all. That would be a real community.
  • rural futures almost 8 years ago
    We are definitely planning to be here in 20 years. We would want the Hinterland to have . arrested the decline in biodiversity demonstrated by a return in abundance of native flora and fauna (eg koalas and replanted natives). encouraged the creation of an array of locally-based boutique food producers catering to locals and tourists and exploiting the rich fertility of the region. strong interdependent communities with social harmony. absolutely the opposite of the worst of the Gold Coast today eg. crime, highrise, over-population, poor public transport, social decay
  • robynj almost 8 years ago
    The answer to this question depends entirely on whether the Kin Kin Mega Quarry is stopped or not. If it is stopped, eco-tourism and the burgeoning green/alternative/health/cottage/creative industries will go from strength to strength. Art studios and galleries will showcase the creative talent which currently abounds in this area. Those selling their properties or willing them to their descendants will be able to do so at values which will reflect the years they have owned, loved and improved them. Fresh organic fruit, vegetables, herbs and other produce from fertile soil will cater for restaurants and fastidious customers who will seek them out. Forestry will flourish on private property, cabinet timber growers will be reaping the efforts of their initiative and hard labour. Clear creeks will flow, platypus will still play in the clean water. The multitude of birdlife will continue to delight us, native animal species will proliferate, respected by those lucky enough to live here. Children of today's children will experience the joy of living in an environment which will be an example for other communities to follow.If it goes ahead as "planned" (and we still don't know what the new "plan" Neilsens have concocted actually contains, except that it is unlikely it will have any less impact on the environment than the current "plan" which they have been unable to follow) then JDonaldson has already summed it up - this will be an empty shell in 20 years' time. An ugly industrial wasteland in which very few people will choose to live unless they want cheap real estate in a ghost town. And that will be a sad indictment on those who contributed to the decision to allow it to happen.
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    • Lachlan Davis almost 8 years ago
      According to the sworn affidavit presented to the court hearing by a respected Traffic Engineer last year, there are 'about 3400 vehicles per day' on Pomona-Kin Kin Rd. The maximum number of trucks estimated to come from the quarry is 40 per day. This means that current traffic volume is 141/hr and the quarry will add at most, 4 vehicles/hr. A miniscule 2.5% increase, but we are supposed to believe that this will destroy the hinterland?
  • Carol almost 8 years ago
    My vision for the hinterland would be to make sure we keep the village atmosphere and community spirit. Public transport options should be of a standard that people would not consider driving their own cars. And local and state governments should encourage local growers so that we buy a higher percentage of local produce.
  • MattM almost 8 years ago
    The focus is on 'rural' however the work so far seems to pander to the plunderers and not be cognizant of the pressures (other than physical development) on land use and activities. Farmers are under extreme pressure with trade liberalization affecting the markets whether it be for pineapples or other crop. with regard to pineapple farmers many in southern parts are struggling. Some are sticking to pineapples for another season or two to test a new variety, however they are at the mercy of trade decisions (ie cheap pineapple imports) and many forecast that they will not survive. They are looking to alternative livelihoods and as many are getting on are requesting options for development, only to find they have been marginalized in a land use sense. Others know they will need to expand to gain the economies of scale to deal with increasing socio-economic pressures. However the rural lifestyle pursuits of ever increasing urban areas and the past divisions of agriculture land have them caught between a rock and a hard place. There are limited land parcels in excess of 40 ha that they would require and even where they may exist the land prices from rural lifestyle pursuits have priced them out of the market. I use pineapple farming as one example, of pressures that need to be addressed in a rural strategy. On the other side of the coin where there is interest in pursuing alternative crops/ development options etc there is not adequate land information available upon which farmers can based feasbibility analysis. Soils and landscape capability/suitability work in SEQ is far behind the other states. THere does not seem to be adequate systems to address land capability/suitability at various scales of decision making. For instance in this work there seems to be reliance on regional level work dating back to 1986, which itself was at a very course level. Authorities persist with its use whether at a regional level (ie SEQ), a local regional, locality or site level. We then jump to having over the top 'erosion and sediment control' prescriptive controls and codes...which do little for the strategic planning and feasbility work required at the local regional, locality and indeed site planning level. Regional Councils seem to be persisting with 'mapping' soils are family series level over the whole jurisdiction and making very discreet planning decisions (with 'expert' consultant input). A systems approach is not taken and data is not freely circulated. Without the subsequent more detailed work that is done in other states whether it is for urban extension, rezoning, structure planning, rural analysis at the community planning level - we end up with a very static decision-making platform. THere needs to be a cascading system of addressing sustainable land management that is subject to checks and balances at each level of decision making. Such a system, as was started by the NSW SCS for land use planning as far back as the 1980s should avail better soils and landscape information which will assist farmers among others.
  • Steve S almost 8 years ago
    Much of the rural activity that was undertaken in the Sunshine Coast hinterland has withered away over time, mainly due to high wages costs compared to overseas production. This good quality agricultural land has been at risk of fragmentation into housing land or rural residential subdivision. It is important for the future of our local food security that this land stays available for future agricultural production. Council should be doing everything possible to encourage land holders to keep their lands productive. When visitors come to the Maleny area they enjoy seeing the green rolling productive hills. They do not want to see further proliferation of luxury housing for wealthy retirees from down south. Tracts of Council owned land should opened up for community supported agriculture, or even community produce gardens on an increased scale. Living in a rural area, we should be able to obtain much of our fresh fruits and vegetables and meat from locally sourced providers.
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    • max almost 8 years ago
      Rural land is now very expensive. To offer farmers a return local markets like the Witta farmers market need to be encouraged
  • max almost 8 years ago
    Farming land in the Mary Valley and the Hinterland is now very expensive. The only way a farmer can make any sort of returnis if the produce can be sold locally. We all need to support Farmers Markets like the Witta market ( every third Saturday) and markets in other villages ( eg Crystal Waters) and businesse which support loacl producers.
  • Sammy almost 8 years ago
    That there is a real plan to growth, an acknowledgment that people move here for the 'clean green' environment and that this is our biggest asset.I would like to see a reversal of the current growth model of 'suburbia in the hills' with encouragement and incentives for people to produce food here. Organic of course!Let's ensure we leave solid wildlife corridors so that our fellow inhabitants have room to move and live as they would in the wild.
  • Minda almost 8 years ago
    The "green environment" is the Hinterland's biggest asset - let's keep it that way!I would like to see limited growth of housing sector in the Hinterland which would mean a reversal of the current growth model of 'suburbia in the hills', more support from all sectors for local agriculture and food production and local marketing of such produce, strict retention of existing rural properties/open space/green hills and agricultural enterprises, and more local govt support for multi-dwelling residential properties.I would like to be able to continue to work from my home-base and not commute off the Range.And I would like to see even greater support for programs working towards vegetation corridors to link our remnant bushland, make it more resilient and offer it the greatest chance of surviving into the future - this is our "green environment" and it's critical for all.
  • Denish almost 8 years ago
    As a significant proportion of residents have chosen to live in the hinterland environment, they should have a say how it is developed, or not as the case may be. It is essentially a semi rural with some low impact industries/cottage activity, it should remain that way. The issue that needs addressing is how to improve work opportunities for locals especially the younger workers just starting out....having to leave to find work is not beneficial in the long term, without destroying the environment with over development. Caps need to placed on growth numbers, so that any opportunities can be given to existing locals without trying to find work for additional resident growth.
  • Community Member almost 8 years ago
    Where to start! How did the Kin Kin Quarry get approval when the roads are totally inadequate, the Kin Kin Pomona road was rated 10th worst in the state by a recent RACQ survey. The other option, "Dr Pages" road is a corrugated, gravel, winding road that is not wide enough in some parts for two regular vehicles to pass each other, let alone a quarry truck, heavily laden and near impossible to pull up on a dirt road. If we can stop the Quarry the Cootharaba, Kin KIn region will continue to grow beautiful children, food and a safe haven for our native animals. Should the Quarry continue you can say goodbye to a very special part of the world. Once it's gone, it's gone.....Lets keep this place safe for our children and our grandchildren. Will it become a reality that we will have to drive our grandchildren out west or up north to experience a little piece of heaven? Come on council, save what is left of our precious environment.
  • Jane almost 8 years ago
    I grew up in the hinterland, went away to study, travel and work and now have returned "home" to raise my children here. I would like to be here in 20 years time. I would also like for my children, in twenty years time, to be able to study and get a job here on the Coast. I think what makes the hinternland so special is the sense of community we still have around the villages and school communities. I think we should be supporting rural schools as a basis for rural communities. I also highly value the creative culture of our hinterland. I believe we should be encouraging of creative communities and intaitives through out the hinterland. Things that concern me is the lack of fire safety and bushfire awareness with so many new residents living in forested areas. I would like to see more support for the Rural Fire Brigade and other volunteer groups that hold our small communities together.
  • gpechey almost 8 years ago
    1. I want all fertile farm land to be kept for farming. A must. 2. And areas of important biodiversity protected. Also a must. 3. Housing to be kept within prescribed lines, not spread all over the hills.
  • gpechey almost 8 years ago
    This region is, in general, for retirement, small farming, and tourism; not for industry. We should not make big expensive roads so people can commute daily to work. The rural atmosphere needs to be preserved, even though some argue that you can't say no to more people when you've already come here yourself. This is not a valid argument. The internet enables some to work from home.
  • firefly almost 8 years ago
    I would hope that the hinterland is much the same as it is now in 20 years. Things will change as change is inevitable but hopefully our sense of community, lifestyle and environment are preserved. I think we need to maintain our green spaces - farms, rural properties, parks, environmental areas. And hopefully those spaces will be used productively - whether that is for production of food on a small (eg for the family) or large scale (for commercial purposes) or for home businesses or environmental spaces or just for leisure.
  • DeMosae almost 8 years ago
    The Council has a key role to play to inspire the communities of the Sunshine Coast to actively engage with planning issues. Online forums and Community Workshops can play an effective part in this process. I'd like to see Council engage with and build on ideas such as those advocated by Richard Mochelle (link to his paper "an introduction to rurban design" at http://www.bestfutures.org/content/view/17/35/ ) and Christopher Alexander http://www.livingneighborhoods.org/ht-0/bln-exp.htm
  • dillenia almost 8 years ago
    Agreed iconic values must be retained.Ecological connections need to be improved and enhanced with the cooperation of private landholders.Exsisting productive rural land should stay that way.By retaining and enhancing the above, the Hinterland will keep what makes it attractive to residents and visitors alike; a patchwork of forest, farmland and rural villages, but with better connectivity and therefore retained diversity of wildlife.
  • jannydee almost 8 years ago
    I would like to see the small villages in the Hinterland generating their own power with solar panels, hydro, or wind. Hinterlanders determining their own futures instead of big govt, developers and big business. More effective consultation and a working model developed between council, govt and local communities.Bring back multiple occupancies which enables communities to be closer to the natural world. We don't want anymore uninspiring, mind-sapping soulless suburbia in the Hinterland. New codes of housing. Offer financial incentives to Create esthetically designed and energy efficient housing that enhance our environment rather than destroying it. Preserving and expanding nature reserves to protect fauna and flora. Wilderness areas restricted to humans. A similiar system of entry into the Hinterland as the naturalisation laws of Australia. A test for new residences about the environment and social expectations of living on the range. If they don't pass they don't live here. Hinterland be a model for alternative living for the rest of Australia and the world. A life and art learning centre.