Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coverage the Key to River Decision

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coverage the Key to River Decision

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OSCAR fully supports the decision of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to approve the preferred groyne field replacement option of sandbags for the Maroochy River.

Thanks to a strong media campaign, particularly by the Sunshine Coast Daily and journalist Scott Sawyer, the January 2017 staff recommendation that would have resulted in the replacement of the existing sandbag groynes with a rock groyne was deferred in favour of a commitment by Mayor Jamieson to undertake a more appropriate community consultation process.

To the credit of the council, the consultation process they developed, and adopted, has proved a good one and is an excellent model for how genuine community engagement should, and can, occur.

The council is entitled to take credit for how things turned out but those, like me, who attended the January 2017 council meeting know what would have happened if it had not been for the media coverage.

OSCAR would like to commend the work of the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group (MRECG) and the council's willingness to engage the community to come up with a solution. …

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