Timeline

The following timeline briefly documents the CCAs history. For a detailed history please contact the secretary to request a copy.

2002/2003

  • Shaping the organisation and building relationships

         CCA’s initial work focussed on clarifying its purpose and goals; setting up the organisational structure and processes;

 refining the constitution; building its profile and recruiting members; and facilitating links with Noosa Council.

  • Survey of community concerns

CCA then turned its attention to the issues and proposals raised by the questionnaire. The initial twenty-six were categorised and whittled down to a short list for submission to Council, as follows:

  1. Village precinct, including pedestrian and vehicle shared area with 40 km limit, lighting, signage, seating, public amenities, and other community assets;

  2. Boat ramp;

  3. Development of walking tracks;

  4. Jet ski noise and safety issues; and

  5. Boats left on the beach.

 

2003/2004

  • Boat ramp
    CCA asked Council to repair the ramp which had a hole in it, broken edges and exposed steel and gravel, and identified the need for a traction zone on the adjacent sandy beach to prevent erosion. Following an onsite meeting with CCA and others, Council allocated funds to repair the ramp and undertook to deal with the traction zone at a later date.

  • Public amenities at boat ramp and day picnic area

CCA requested upgrade of toilets near the boat ramp as they were unsightly, lacked adequate lighting and ventilation and were of concern to health and personal safety. It also urged replacement of the toilet block in the day picnic area which was in such bad repair it had been closed to the public. Council committed to repair and maintain existing boat ramp facilities and installed two portable toilets in day picnic area. CCA requested a more satisfactory solution to both.

  • Boreen Point Village Precinct concept

In response to feedback from the community, CCA proposed that Council develop a plan to preserve the atmosphere of Boreen Point and foster a village culture through appropriate use of lighting, signage, traffic calming etc.

  • 1 Laguna Street Boreen Point residential/commercial development proposal

Following the sale of a large bock at the corner of Louis Bazzo Drive and Laguna Street, developers applied to subdivide it for housing and commercial purposes. The proposal was for a number of large residential blocks plus a shopping centre with general store and petrol service.CCA organised a number of meetings and distributed questionnaires to 432 properties (164 Boreen Pt, 268 rural Cootharaba) to gauge community opinion. Of 190 responses, 66% favoured development of residential blocks but 74% were opposed to the shopping centre.

  • Noosa River Management Plan

CCA responded to a last minute request from Council for feedback on a draft of the Noosa River Management Plan. While the group supported the banning of jet skis on the river system and adoption of speed limits, it objected to:

  1. Introduction of a reticulated sewerage system with the requirement for a town water supply—Together these would encourage more widespread and intensive development which would alter the character of the area;

  2. Floating mobile pump-out facility for houseboats, to be moored off Boreen Point—Would be an eyesore and potentially hazardous should a malfunction occur; and

  3. Additional boat ramp at Dunn’s Beach—Unsuitable location given the shallowness of the water, lack of appropriate vehicle access and encroachment on the camping ground.

 

2004/2005

  • 1 Laguna Street Boreen Point residential/commercial development proposal (contd)

Community views and a long list of concerns were submitted to Council and ongoing changes to the application were monitored. Feedback from CCA and other local groups and individuals resulted in the retail proposal later being withdrawn.

  • Draft Noosa Plan
    CCA reviewed the plan, called a special meeting to provide a forum for discussion of its contents, and submitted feedback and recommendations on behalf of the community

  • Foreshore Management Plan

CCA concurred with the view that existing mature exotic pines be retained until they die or until suitable replacements are established adjacent to them.

  • Sport and Recreation Draft Plan

The Association supported upgrade of Buffalo Park to include a playground suitable for 2-5 year olds. CCA also noted the omission of planned skate facility for Boreen Point youth.

  • Local issues
    CCA continued to monitor developments in relation to issues already put to Council e.g. boat ramp and toilet facilities

  • Council amalgamation
    CCA alerted the community to the implications of the State Government’s proposed amalgamation of Noosa, Maroochy and Caloundra Councils into a larger Sunshine Coast Regional Council. In conjunction with Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association, members manned election polling booths to help with an anti-amalgamation petition which was signed by almost 80% of voters in the electorate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005/2006

  • Titanium Enterprises ‘The Edge Noosa’ resort development proposal
    CCA kept the community informed and canvassed views on a proposal to develop a large tourism resort east of Kin Kin on Dr Pages Road. The proposal included an 18-hole golf course, equestrian facility, a 100-room hotel, 219 units, restaurants, and conference facilities. The company had sought preliminary approval which over-rode the Noosa Planning Scheme and exceeded what was allowed under the SEQ Regional Plan.

  • Tree planting on Lake Cootharaba foreshore

Following removal of unsafe trees at the main beach, Council suggested they be replaced. This generated considerable community discussion about the type of trees that would be suitable given concerns regarding amenity and usage. Melaleucas were planted.

  • Walking Trails

The notion of establishing walking trails around the foreshore ignited differing views across the community. Some people wanted Boreen Point to remain as natural and undeveloped as possible while others could see potential health, economic and social benefits.

 

2006/2007

  • Titanium Enterprises ‘The Edge Noosa’ proposal (contd)
    Although there was some support for the scheme’s potential to stimulate the local economy and provide employment, overall, it was opposed by the majority who believed it raised significant environmental concerns. CCA was just one of many groups and individuals who put forward views on the proposal which was ultimately rejected after the State Government intervened. This was a divisive issue which galvanised groups and individuals across the Noosa hinterland.

  • Boreen Point Village Precinct concept (contd)
    In January 2007, CCA was advised that Noosa Council was prepared to adopt a holistic approach to matters raised in the committee’s earlier submission and would provide opportunities for further input. In May, CCA provided feedback from residents on a range of issues including rationalisation of speed zones; improvements to town entry; installation of bollards on street side of Buffalo Park; camping ground exit, turning area, and improved access to trailer parking; and upgrading of path from camping ground to Apollonian Hotel. 

  • Lake Flat Road
    Following a community meeting organised by CCA, Council informed residents that consideration was being given to sealing Lake Flat Road, as far as Kildeys Road. 

 

2007/2008

  • Boreen Point Campground

In response to suggestions that Council was planning to expand the campground, CCA pressed for a reduction in the number of campsites allowed on the foreshore and offered to work with the caretaker to enhance conditions for flora and fauna.

  • Village Precinct Plan

Finalised plan thus moving closer to implementation.

  • Council Amalgamation

Over a number of years CCA had joined many others in protesting against planned local council reforms. Despite widespread opposition, in 2008 the shires of Noosa, Maroochy and Caloundra merged to become the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

  • Noosa Council Fire Plan

The Association responded to the Council’s proposed fire plan, noting concern at omission of the area north of Boreen Point.

  • Lake Cootharaba Nitrogen Project 2007-2009

Results from water quality testing in the Noosa River raised concerns about nutrient spikes in Lake Cootharaba - it was suggested that septic outfalls from Boreen Point might be a cause. A comprehensive study was undertaken led by Noosa and District Landcare, in collaboration with Noosa Council, SEQ Catchments, University of the Sunshine Coast and Healthy Waterways. Resident bore owners participated in the data collection and the CCA helped ensure that local knowledge was incorporated into the scientific investigation process.In 2009, the results of the study concluded that the spikes were more likely to be a natural process linked to changes in salinity and nutrient cycling between Lake sediments and surface water, rather than septic outfalls. (

 

2008/2009

  • Special Community Meeting Aug 2008

CCA organised a special meeting so residents could meet with their Council representative and discuss community concerns. Issues raised included Noosa Biosphere legislation; review of camping ground foreshore and signage; safety on school bus routes; option of speed limit on Kildey’s Road; status of roadworks on Lake Flat Road; and changes to Village Precinct Plan. More than 80 people attended.

  • Ralph and Jean Duffield bench seat.

CCA proposed that Council install a seat on the lake foreshore to honour the contribution to the community of Jean Duffield and her late husband Ralph. Council indicated it was supportive but asked for an alternative design.

  • Village Precinct Plan (ongoing)

Streetscape modified to comply with requirements of Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

  • Bollards

The installation of bollards alongside the Boreen Point esplanade proved a contentious aspect of the Village Precinct Plan.After careful consideration of the issues, including strong objections to bollards by some local residents, Council prioritised the use of the beach for families and increasing safety for children, together with protecting the foreshore, over easy access for launching boats.

  • Toilet block day picnic area

Council modifying design to be appropriate for Boreen Point.

  • Lake Flat Road and Kinmond Creek Road proposal
    CCA met with Council regarding the possibility of sealing both roads as part of a five year plan. Advised a further section of Lake Flat Road would be sealed in the coming financial year but that Kinmond Creek Road was of low priority, also that some roads may never be sealed.

 

2009/2010

  • Kin Kin Quarry extension
    CCA supported objections raised by the Kin Kin Community Group in relation to the development of a mega quarry on land off Shepherdsons Lane at Kin Kin. CCA kept its community updated and wrote to Sunshine Coast Regional Council expressing serious concerns over its approval for the expansion and disregard of community views.

  • Picnic tables on Boreen Point foreshore
    CCA requested upgrade in time for Floating Lands Festival.  Council advised that Mayor Bob Abbott’s unallocated money left in budget would be used to replace and add to existing picnic tables.

  • Ralph and Jean Duffield bench seat
    CCA applied to Sunshine Coast Regional Council for funding for the seat which was subsequently erected beside the path leading to the main jetty.

 

2010/2011

  • The Jetty and its future

Over time the structure of the jetty just north of Main Beach had become unsafe with five of the six piles having broken away at lake bed level. Following major flooding, further deterioration occurred and access to the jetty was prohibited. CCA contacted Council regarding action it was planning to take. In April 2011, SCRC advised that jetty was beyond repair and would be removed by the Dept of Transport and Main Roads. Council also said the Dept was encouraging it to submit a proposal to build a floating walkway to be situated alongside the boat ramp.

  • Kinaba Information Centre (est. 1978)

It was more than a decade since the information centre at the northern end of Lake
Cootharaba had been permanently staffed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Its future was looking uncertain and a private enterprise company was showing interest in securing commercial access. Through its communication and distribution network, CCA helped raise community awareness of the state of the building and publicised a meeting to gauge interest in the formation of a volunteer group to be responsible for it. Subsequently the Friends of Kinaba group came into being with the aim of working in partnership with the Qld Government to revitalise and maintain the centre and promote the environmental values it represents.

  • Camping at Hatch’s Bight

After people were observed camping on the beach, CCA asked Council install new ‘No Camping’ and ‘No Fires’ signs at the Bight and at the entrance to it on Lake Flat Road.

 

  • Council de-amalgamation

CCA kept the community informed on moves by Noosa Council to separate from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. De-amalgamation occurred following a referendum in March 2013 at which more than 80% of Noosa residents voted in the affirmative.

  • Kite surfing tender for commercial operator

CCA registered disappointment that the community was not consulted prior to tenders being called by Council for commercial operators to run kite surfing lessons at Dunn’s Beach. It raised objections and concerns regarding safety, parking, toilet facilities, environmental impact on the nature reserve, and monitoring of compliance with contract conditions.

 

2011/2012

  • Fire brigade and shed

CCA contacted the Dept of Community Safety asking for a fire fighting appliance to be returned to the Boreen Point Fire Shed. It pointed out that while the facility was also used by the State Emergency Services, it was originally built by the community to house fire-fighting equipment for the protection of Boreen Point and surrounding area.

  • Floating pontoon proposal

The proposal to replace the old jetty with a floating pontoon proved to be divisive. Heated arguments for and against continued until September, when the concept was rejected and Council was asked to propose a more appropriate alternative.

  • Helicopter noise and use of Teewah Aircraft Landing Ground

Another issue that stimulated vigorous discussion within CCA and the Cootharaba community was the noise created day and night by helicopters owned by a commercial training company. They were using a landing ground at Teewah on the eastern side of the lake which many believed was for recreational use only. Despite complaints being made across the length of the Sunshine Coast it would take some time for the issue to be resolved.

 

2012/2013

  • Roberts House

Since its inception CCA had held all of its meetings at Roberts House. At the end of 2012, the Anglican Church informed the group that for financial and other reasons it had decided to sell the property but wished to give it time to consider how it might save the building for community use. The secretary agreed to make enquiries as to how this might be done.

  • Special General Meeting Mar 2013

In March 2013 in response to a request from the Council representative, CCA called a special meeting to discuss a proposal by Discovery Tours to have a dredging operation carried out at Kinaba to facilitate northern access to the river. The proposal involved the tour operator contributing $20,000 with local and state governments paying the balance, estimated at around $50,000. Prior to the meeting a questionnaire was circulated to gauge community views on issues arising from the proposal. Ultimately, the dredging did not proceed.

  • Viewing platform

As an alternative to the controversial floating pontoon, the Council put forward plans for a viewing platform at the site of the old jetty. After this option had been favourably received by the local community, plans were submitted to the Dept of Environment and Resource Management, approved and returned to the Council to call tenders for the construction.

  • Hinterland Noosa Alliance
    CCA joined a new umbrella group which positioned itself as an advocate for major issues with implications for the Noosa Hinterland region.

 

2014/2015

  • Tennis court and skate park                                                                                                                                                                             Council removed both for safety reasons and after consultation with CCA and others decided not to replace them but return the area to public green space.

  • Hatch’s Bight gate vandalised and lock removed
    CCA requested that Council install a more substantial gate and consider moving it further down the track and clearing a space to enable nose-in parking of several vehicles.

  • Mobile phone coverage
    CCA drew Council’s attention to mobile black spots in the Boreen Point-Cootharaba area, noting that as large sections have little or no coverage this presents serious problems for individuals and businesses, also for services such as the Rural Fire Brigade. Council proposed that Telcos be encouraged to use the National Broadband Network towers and asked CCA for a letter of support for Commonwealth and State funding.

  • McKinnon Drive-Louis Bazzo Drive intersectionIn response to safety concerns raised by CCA, the Dept Transport and Main Roads upgraded signage on the curved approach to the intersection.

  • Dogs questionnaire
    After receiving a number of complaints regarding dogs in Boreen Point, Noosa Council requested that CCA ask the community a series of set questions and advise them of the findings. The issue was controversial, aroused many emotionally charged responses and was time consuming for CCA members who ultimately had very little to show for their efforts.

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