Report on meeting with Mayor Mark Jamieson, 19 January 2016
Frustration at the continued absence of any progress towards making the Railway Street public toilet suitable for disabled people resulted in a call at the December 2015 YADCA meeting to invite the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor to make a site visit and be briefed first -hand.
Two other intractable issues were subsequently identified for inclusion in the meeting agenda – extension of the lease of QR land up to the Telecom building on Railway Street to facilitate RV parking, and streetscaping of Farrell Street including construction of a roundabout at the Stevens Street intersection.
All three are undelivered elements of the Yandina Town Centre Master Plan that was approved by the Maroochy Shire Council in January 2003 and formally included in Maroochy Shire’s 15 year Capital Works Program.
A walk-and-talk meeting was accordingly arranged for 2:30pm on Tuesday 19 January 2016, commencing at the Yandina War Memorial Park and attended by Crs Mark Jamieson and Greg Rogerson and three Council executives, YADCA President Marie Reeve and Secretary Peter Baulch, and Yandina Chamber of Commerce President and YADCA member Rev David Tidey.
The tenor was positive and constructive and produced commitments on the key issues, plus some others that we had the opportunity to advance.
The Council officers found the Railway Street public toilet block to be capable of conversion to a unisex facility with a cubicle for the disabled, and design drawings would be prepared as soon as practicable, with the Mayor supportive of the modifications being effected before the end of 2016.
A recent Council approach to QR over the lease proposal awaits QR’s response, but the Council officers committed to pursuing it and the Mayor committed to intervening directly with the Queensland Minister for Transport if necessary. Once the lease is agreed preparation of the site for RV use will require a budget allocation and the Mayor expressed reservations about the efficacy of a permanent parking area with an unsealed surface.
The roundabout is practically shovel-ready but requires the commitment of several hundred thousand more dollars, currently earmarked for inclusion in the 2016/17 budget with the Mayor’s in-principle support.
The Council delegation, including Crs Jamieson and Rogerson, agreed to have investigated for future implementation if practicable a proposal of Marie’s for two long vehicle parking spaces on Old Gympie Road just west of the IGA driveway and one of David’s for Stevens Street (east) to be made one-way.
Design work for Yandina Town Centre Master Plan streetscaping on Farrell Street currently terminates at the roundabout in the north and at the southern extremity of the new median strip opposite the bakery, but the Sunshine Coast Council’s Principal Place Officer, registered landscape architect Jamie Franklin, is favourably disposed to the rest of the plan advancing. He will begin by seeking approval from TMR for the planting of a boulevard of trees from the Old Gympie Road intersection to the bakery that Cr Rogerson has agreed to pay for from his discretionary funds. Mr Franklin was also accommodating of our suggestions for a better located and sheltered bus stop seat on Farrell Street and making new footpath works in the CBD compatible with the retrofitting of pavement flagstones commissioned out of our street art projects.
(Yandina and District Community Association)