Planning scheme proposal to help Nambour and Maroochydore hit a high note

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Nambour and Maroochydore will have designated special entertainment precincts to support the region’s live music industry if a proposed planning scheme amendment, now open for community feedback, is approved.

Sunshine Coast Council is proposing the amendment which will change how entertainment uses are regulated in a section of the Nambour CBD and the new Maroochydore city centre.

Entertainment venues within special entertainment precincts are exempt from the amplified music noise requirements of the Queensland Government’s liquor licensing laws. The regulation responsibilities are transferred to council.

The proposal amends noise and planning laws by creating special entertainment precincts, which allow for the needs of music venues to be balanced with the needs of residents and other commercial operators.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the amendment aimed to nurture the live music industry by promoting a vibrant day-time and night-time atmosphere in selected precincts.

“I’m right behind Nambour becoming a special entertainment precinct,” Cr Rogerson said.

“My vision is to see Nambour CBD alive and kicking.

“With live music, excellent restaurants, cafes and the like, we can have a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of the CBD where community and businesses can thrive.

“Making Nambour an entertainment precinct is the best way council can facilitate businesses to operate in the most productive and economically viable way.

“By getting quality musicians and acts into town we can improve the vibrancy of Nambour and make it a more attractive place to visit.

“Successful events like Currie Street Crawl, NamJam and Horizon Festival events have gone a long way to supporting Nambour’s push to become a music and entertainment precinct.

“An amendment like this, if approved, has the potential to breathe life into Nambour and could become a real drawcard.”

Division 4 Councillor John Connolly said community feedback received by council over the years suggested there was significant support for the continued growth of the Sunshine Coast’s live music industry.

“We will have some great opportunities opening up to us in the new Maroochydore city centre,” Cr Connolly said.

“We want to create a place locals and visitors love to come to and live music is definitely part of that experience.

“The proposed special entertainment precinct is in only a small part of the overall CBD, located away from current residential areas.”

The proposed amendment also includes changes to the way entertainment uses (such as bars) are regulated more generally in centre and tourist accommodation zones and includes noise criteria for new residential development in key mixed use areas to minimise potential land use conflicts.

The community now has an opportunity to make submissions and all feedback will be considered by council.

Submissions will close on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Visit the project website ‘Have Your Say Sunshine Coast’ for a full copy of the proposed planning scheme amendment and to complete the online submission form.

Additional information

The proposed Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (Major Amendment) - Special Entertainment Precincts is subject to public consultation from 15 October to 9 November 2018 (inclusive).

The proposed amendment seeks to help support the live music industry on the Sunshine Coast, increase vibrancy in major centres and tourist areas and protect residential amenity by:

·         designating part of the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area and part of the Nambour’s major activity centre as ‘special entertainment precincts’ under the Local Government Act 2009;

·         deleting the existing hospitality areas in Maroochydore, Nambour, Caloundra and Mooloolaba activity centres to reduce potential overlap and confusion with the proposed new special entertainment precincts;

·         amending the tables of assessment, development codes, zone codes and relevant local plan codes to make it easier for entertainment uses to establish in centre zones, key tourist areas and the Ocean Street Food and Music Sub-Precinct;

·         providing for micro-breweries in the principal centre zone and major centre zones;

·         amending the assessment benchmarks relating to noise criteria for venues, surrounding residential development and key mixed use areas; and

·         amending the planning scheme policy for the nuisance code to include requirements for noise impact assessments.

The community can make submissions in a number of ways such as:

•               Lodge written submissions in person at all Sunshine Coast Council offices.

•               Post written submissions comments to the Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre QLD 4560.

•               Email submissions to the

•               Complete the online submission form at

For further information, please contact council’s strategic planning branch on (07) 5420 8953.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
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