Council have announced that they are launching the draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan for Bulcock Street and the surrounding area on the 13th of September, and it is absolutely imperative that changes to height restrictions be put to residents for comment.
Caloundra needs to see a town plan which will energise the economy by looking at capacity to increase the living density and commercial and retail opportunity. A plan that will ignite inspiration that leads to investment in Caloundra. A plan that will enhance Caloundra’s Centre, where we can work, live, dine and play.
We need to attract Australia’s emerging magnates that are being labelled “Tradiepreneurs”, “Corporatepreneurs” and “Lifestylepreneur”. These are the investors that will not only bring Caloundra into the present day, but sustain us into the future.
If we dig in our heels on raising height restrictions it simply comes down to the fear that Caloundra will become the Gold Coast. With fear, our progress to Caloundra’s future remains frozen.
By no means do I want to see this town follow in the footsteps of the Gold Coast but there is a whole country, a whole world of inspiration to draw from. We should never replicate, but we can flourish with visions of great Australian developments such as Lygon Street, The Rocks and the Cairns Foreshore. Further afield we see how Mediterranean towns have staged building heights away from the beach to maximize ocean views without stifling tourism, business and lifestyle opportunities.
The truth is we can do better. It will demand thoughtful and careful consideration but if Caloundra is allowed to grow “upwards” with rational planning, we will not be left behind. To do otherwise is to remain stagnant.
For further information contact: Michelle French, Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.