Maleny Precinct Update
July 2009

Dear Members,

The MDSRC Annual General Meeting was held on 21st May 2009 and was well attended.    Councillor Anna Grosskreutz, Division 1 Councillor on SCRC, addressed the meeting at very short notice as Andrew Powell MP and Cr Jenny McKay had to give their apologies due to unforeseen urgent commitments.

Your committee was re-elected with the exception of outgoing past President Brian Molloy who could not accept renomination for family reasons.    We would like to thank Brian for his work during the establishment of the MDSRC and offer both him and Caroline our best wishes.    In Brian's place we welcome Jeff Margetts to the committee and look forward to working with him in the future.

The development of the Maleny Precinct will again dominate our activities for the rest of this year and I am pleased to advise that Robyn Douglas (Manager, Social Policy SCRC) convened a meeting of the Precinct Community Stakeholders on 11th June 2009.    This effectively set in motion the Community Engagement Plan Phase 2 which will have the objective of finalising the Masterplan Submissions for SCRC with a target date of December 2009/January 2010.    The scope of the Phase 2 planning will be extended to include business/financial planning, property and risk protocols.    The new committee will comprise the same six working groups but some of the representatives have changed.    The first meeting is proposed for 8th July 2009 and further meetings will be held on a weekly basis thereafter.  Cr Jenny McKay has thrown her full support behind this next process and will attend as many meetings as is necessary.    Cr McKay is determined to ensure that the outcome for the Precinct will be the best possible for all of the people of Maleny.

We are also pleased that Steve Gould will be retained by the SCRC as facilitator during this next series of meetings.    Steve has over the last year obtained a good understanding of many of the facets of the Precinct and has the respect of all of the committee participants.

In a further development SCRC has agreed to the appointment of a Project Manager to oversee the planning process and we believe that once appointed we will all benefit from a co-ordinated strategy.    We applaud this very necessary appointment.

The Ministry of Tourism and Fair Trade has approved a funding grant through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, thereby enabling MDSRC to progress with a strategic plan.    CPR Group will be contacting many of our member clubs and individuals to complete survey forms, thereby enabling a comprehensive survey to determine needs for the future.    This strategic plan will be important in the SCRC's preparation of their Masterplan and we request th  at all user groups be as comprehensive as possible when completing the forms even if it means going outside of the questionaire.  We anticipate that the survey documents will be circulated before the end of July.

Our golf club members have done some basic planning work for their driving range and we hope that it will not be long before the golfers will at last have the opportunity of utilising this facility.

We are again moving in to exciting times and we will keep you updated through the use of this invaluable website.

Mike Norman
President

On this page you will find updated information regarding the latest Precinct plans
from councillor Jenny McKay and MDSRC President, Mike Norman,
who are both members of the Precinct Working Group.