Master Plan, what Master Plan ?

  A Master Plan for Snapper Creek, Norman Point Foreshore and Tin Can Inlet is the primary target of the SOS-Tin Can Bay campaign.

  So what is a Master Plan?

  Basically it is two main things:  
  • A plan, formed by good research and consultation, that identifies the most valuable local features, and the most desirable local uses, which then acts to securely guide future investment and development to ensure that those vitally important assets are protected and enhanced.

  • A plan that informs and directs all other local plans.

  And, a Master Plan is plain, simple good sense.

Who would begin building a house without a competent plan? No one who is at all sensible.
Yet we are building our future here on the Cooloola Coast without one. We can only end up with a shambles as a result. A rambling conglomeration full of problems we can never afford to fix. With a terrible hindsight of vital and irreplaceable things that are broken due to un-calculated stresses. A future that lacks important things due to our careless allowance of other less valuable but conflicting development.

But don't we have plans here already?
  We do, but they are disconnected, inadequately informed and imprecise. They are very clearly not up to the task that we need them to do. A Master Plan can fix this. The process would bring all genuine interests and existing plans together and allow the gaps to be properly described and equitably filled. The plan would be complete and seamless in its coverage of technical detail, social interest and legal jurisdiction.

Is this all just pie in the sky theory?
  Not at all.

The closest and most appropriate example of this actually being done is the Noosa River Plan. The process was initiated by the previous Minister for Natural Resources, Stephen Robertson, with the full support of Noosa Shire Council and EPA. It also includes DPI, Qld Transport and the local community as major interested parties.
The Noosa North Shore Plan is another example of this type of comprehensive area planning underway. Both areas were facing unmanageable scales and conflicts of usage and the need for formal intervention was virtually impossible to ignore.

  Also just begun is the Wide Bay Regional Coastal Management Plan. This is a vital but dreadfully delayed sub-section of the State Coastal Management Plan. It is intended to provide important local definition and character to the general principles described in the State Plan. Our local Master Plan can be a very useful part of that Regional Plan. The latter extends from Bustard Head to the southern Noosa Shire boundary but the consultation committee has no representatives on it whatsoever from the Cooloola Coast and only one, a Noosa Shire Councillor, from south of Hervey Bay.
A local Master Plan is the best and most sensible method of filling this gap.

  So why should we wait for extreme local dysfunction to arise before acting on such inevitable planning? Why not plan now to stay healthy, rather than waiting to respond to extreme and possibly insoluble discomforts.

  Integrated Coastal Zone Management?
State Coastal Management Plan

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