Work has progressed with improved boating facilities for Poona and also with the broader infrastructure plan. Details relevant to the latest Community Workshop (29 Feb 2020) are outlined below the 'background' information.
The Poona Community Progress Association established a sub-committee in 2016 to advance a new infrastructure plan. Following community consultation an ideas database (community inputs) was put together and those ideas considered at a Community Workshop on 22 April 2017. The presentation covered our evolution as a community and considered what has been happening with property values and the general decline in infrastructure and services in, or available to Poona. Those attending put forward a number of additional ideas to help shape our future direction.
The Workshop Handout of April 2017 can be downloaded Presentation
In May 2017 the Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2016, prepared by GHD Consulting, identified Poona as a 'Priority #1' for a new boating facility.
Fraser Coast has one of the highest boat registrations north of the Sunshine Coast with forecast significant growth and higher demand for boating infrastructure. You can download the full GHD report, sections relevant to Fraser Coast Region or just pages regarding the Poona facility. The latter though excludes supporting data and economic analysis.
Full Report 39mb Fraser Coast 12mb
Poona Section 1mb
With the urban planning, Council having appointed Archipelago, a consultant expert urban planner held a second workshop on 25 October 2019. Below are the links to the relevant documents from the Workshop
Full Presentation Download
Workshop Summary Download
In the subsequent months work progressed on the Boat Ramp Feasibility Study and, noting the need to integrate that action with the Infrastructure Plan, the next stage of the Archipelago Consultancy was deferred pending availability of the Feasibility Study. The Executive Summary was released at the Workshop on 29 February 2020.
29 February 2020
This latest Workshop was again organised and conducted by Council's Community Development and Engagement Team and facilitated by Archipelago. Also in support were personnel from Council's Engineering Section and a number of technical officers from the Dept. of Transport (DTMR), each providing the community with detailed facts upon which to base decisions.
With over 150 locals attending the Workshop it was most informative and Council and DTMR provided presentations on the outcome of the Feasibility Study with concept drawings of the likely boat ramp on Poona Creek and the accompanying carpark. Opportunity was provided for extensive questioning from the floor which led to some very positive suggestions and aspects currently being reviewed by the the agencies. An updated presentation was also provided on the Infrastructure Planning. A draft infrastructure plan will be available for a follow-up community workshop in mid-May 2020.
Both presentations from 29 February together with the complete Feasibility Study are available for downloading. The latter document is split into two parts -
Boat Ramp Presentation (1mb)
Archipelego (Infrastructure) Presentation (8mb)
Feasibility Study Part 1 (20mb)
Feasibility Study - Annexure, Approvals Summary (19mb)
Boat Ramp Consultation
Council took further written submissions from the community on the boat ramp with that consultation closing on 31 March 2020. Council has advisied that 31 submissions were received from the community and there was a small number opposed to the location on a range of perspectives but more than 80% were in support of the concept as proposed. Of those in favour some put forward suggestions for enhancements at the site to which Transport and Council are currently considering with a view to incorporating changes into the final design. The information as conveyed by Council to the Planning Sub-committee can be viewed here.
It is anticipated that the full Council will make a decision on the concept and whether to proceed at their June meeting.
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