Butler and Webb Landscape Architects’ impression of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association’s vision for the Rainbow Beach CBD.
Butler and Webb Landscape Architects’ impression of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association’s vision for the Rainbow Beach CBD. Sourced Off Internet

Proposed plan to bring uniformity

UNIFORMITY is what Scott Elms has said his vision for Rainbow Beach would ultimately achieve.

Mr Elms, who is President of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association, has, together with fellow members, contracted Butler and Webb Landscape Architects to develop a master plan for the park and streetscape of the coastal town.

He has written to Gympie Regional Council asking to present the plan to councillors at a meeting.

“I think the CBD will benefit ... and tourism will be boosted,” he said of the new design.

The master plan for the future is intended to beautify the Rainbow Beach Esplanade and shopping precinct.

Mr Elms said the plan addressed parking, traffic, shared space and shade issues and the need for a view.

He said if the plan had been in place six years ago it could have been incorporated into works done by the Rainbow Beach Hotel.

Mr Elms said a key aspect of the plan was having a view along the esplanade, which would also help increase safety.

In the proposal, formal gardens and parks would be constructed with plants not restricted to natives.

“We understand in Brisbane the city needs native vegetation areas ... but we’ve got hundreds of thousands of acres of native scrub everywhere. We think park land – because we’ve got so much scrub – needs some sort of formal gardens,” he said.

“It’s just like the formal gardens in Gympie. “(Now) there is nowhere to have a game of football or cricket and there’s no continuity about the structures.

“There’s half a dozen different barbecue areas, all different.”

Mr Elms also said there needed to be more pathways.

He said a lot of thought and money had gone into the plan with the initial designs costing the association about $5000, and they weren’t yet finished.

In his letter to council, Mr Elms outlined a list of priorities as identified by the Association.

The first would be to remove all the She-Oaks (Casuarinas), Cotton Trees and Box Gums (brushbox) from the Rainbow Beach Esplanade and CBD as they were deemed an incorrect species for the area.

Other priorities include soft and hard landscaping of the main street including the CBD and Centre Block.

Under the plan the street dining area in front of Foodworks would be removed, two hour or metered parking would be utilised, and Noosa-like signage, seating and fencing would be used.

In a recent council meeting the letter was tabled and councillors decided to invite the association to present their plan and asked council’s Director of Engineering Services Bob Fredman to report back to council on the design.

The full proposal can be found at http://www.rainbow-beach.org – hit the ‘our community’ tab, then click on ‘community group listing’, then select the ‘Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association’ tab.

Gympie Times


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