Maria Creek Sustainable Infrastructure Project
In recent years, there has been an increase in coastal management challenges at Maria Creek and Council’s broader coastline.
These challenges exacerbated the need for Council to undertake significant dredging and earthwork campaigns at Maria Creek in an attempt to keep the boat launching facility open and navigable. This proved to be extremely challenging and costly.
Council acknowledged that short-term solutions to maintain the recreational boating facility were not sustainable and proceeded to focus on providing a long-term solution that is financially sustainable through an affordable capital solution.
Council progressed its objective to find a financially sustainable solution by engaging Wavelength Consulting Pty Ltd to deliver Stage 1 of the Maria Creek Sustainable Infrastructure Project, which considered a wider set of key objectives that include the surrounds, being:
- Provide a jetty that services the community and visitors;
- Provide a boat launching facility during peak times (October to May) that is financially sustainable (low maintenance) through an affordable capital solution;
- To create opportunity to activate open spaces and facilities; and
- Consider natural processes of the coastal environment.
The full concept study report can be accessed via the link below, as well as a summary Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Alternately, please contact the Council office to request a printed copy of the study.
Given the importance of this project to the community, Council has formed a targeted Community Focus Group comprising of key stakeholders to consider the detail of the concept study report and to provide contribution on behalf of the community.
The Community Focus Group comprises of the following members:
- James Braithwaite
- Brett McLaren
- Eddy Lindner
- Craig Richards
- John Clarke
- Robert Taylor
- Scott Gluyas
- Graham Usher
- Matthew Wright
- Robyn Campbell
- Mayor Kay Rasheed
- Deputy Mayor Chris England
- Cr Jeff Pope
- Cr Tim Harding
- Nat Traeger
- Dave Worthley
- Chelsea Burns
- Wavelength Consulting (Brad Smith/Annabel Sandery)
Community members are able to submit comments, or questions for clarification in response to the concept study report.
These can be submitted to the Council office and will be considered by the Community Focus Group.