Monday, December 22, 2014

CARA – Caring for Cooroy and District


Cooroy Highway Service Centre meeting a success

Meeting moderator Allan Bonsall relays community questions.

Moderator Allan Bonsall relays community questions.

Over 100 residents listened with interest as Peter Zipf and his planning team described their proposal for a highway service centre and tourist park at the southern entrance to Cooroy during a town meeting in the Cooroy Memorial Hall on the evening of 10 December. The appropriate Council planner also attended as did Councillors Wellington and Bolton.

As a precursor to the public consultation phase of the application which begins in January, attendees raised a number of issues including concerns about the effects of storm water, traffic issues with the Elm Street railway bridge, noise abatement to nearby residences, effects on existing town businesses, and the need for such a complex at the proposed location.

As new material on the application comes to had, we will post the details on this site.

Myall Street Highway Service Centre Proposal

This proposal seeks a major change in the local planning scheme (currently it is zoned rural) to develop land that runs from the corner of Myall Street and Ferrells Road, along the southern side of Myall Street (opposite the golf course) to the new Bruce Highway roadworks. The application is for a mixed use development comprised of tourist accommodation (including site manager, amenities building, 10 cabins and 27 van parks), a combined 24-7 service station and fast food outlet, including drive-through, a retail food store, self-storage units, and a four-bay manual carwash.

Servo2airplanRevised plan submitted
As part of the application, a detailed town planning report has been commissioned by the developer and is available as a PDF download HERE. Architectural drawing and site plans can be downloaded HERE. NOTE: A revised site plan has recently been submitted which indicates a reduction in the scale of the development. You can view the new plan HERE.

Stage One of the proposal includes the service station, food shop, take-away outlet, and the tourist park. Stage Two is the carwash, and Stage Three is the self-storage sheds. An economic assessment of the effects on Cooroy’s current retail mix has been presented to Council as part of the application. You can view it HERE.

Assessment has commenced
Noosa Council’s has begun its assessment of this application and are looking at the economic impacts, traffic flows, acoustic issues with nearby residential areas, waste management, and whether the proposed tourist park, car wash and self-storage operations are best sited here. We have summarised the initial information request by Council HERE. Council planner Denis Wallace is happy to answer questions about the development on 5329 6239.

The community will have a chance to comment on the application and before this CARA is hosting a General Meeting about the proposal where the developer will answer questions from residents and others interested.

Where to for the Cooroy Butter Factory?

_MG_2557Over the next few months Noosa Council wants to explore a range of options for the Butter Factory’s future so they can develop a new direction that meets hinterland needs, is actively supported by the community and is more viable. Council has called on the public for input HERE.

The first major proposal by Bruce Cresswell and Jeanette Alfredson seeks to continue the interest and passion of current users in the future of Cooroy Butter Factory. A component of the solution is to build an Interpretation Centre that will attract tourism to the hinterland as well as the greater Noosa Shire by building on Noosa’s reputation as a tourist destination. You can read their proposal HERE and download the detailed version HERE.

November 25 Meeting
At the meeting 25 November in the Butter Factory council staff gave a presentation on five favoured proposals from the list of submissions which can be found HERE.

LEAD CONCEPTS Model style:
1. U3A Cooroy sub-branch (U3A Noosa) proposal
Establish a sub-branch of U3A Noosa within the Butter Factory, offering classes and activities.
It could incorporate existing Butter Factory activities and extend to other groups.

2.?Community managed
For example this could be the Lower Mill Board managing on behalf of the community.

3.?Council managed
This would basically maintain the status quo.

4. Interpretation centre, (Bruce Cresswell, Jeanette Alfredson)
Create an interpretation centre using the historic Cooroy Butter Factory sitting at the geographical centre of the Noosa community biosphere. It would extend the existing arts components by adding new segments of nature, indigenous and heritage tourism.

Centre for ceramic excellence (Rowley Drysdale)
5. To establish a local, national and internationally acclaimed Cooroy Butter Factory Centre for Ceramic Excellence which would incorporate exhibitions, retail sales, workshops and accredited classes.

CooroySignWhy not join us?
CARA exists to provide a forum for community information and discussion on matters affecting the residents of Cooroy and district.

A Queensland Health Report found that, “People who actively participate in their community and have strong and supportive family, cultural and community relationships have better health than people who are socially isolated.”

So join CARA now and become an active member of your community.