Mission Beach Cassowaries (MBC) is a member of the Town Centre Revitalisation Reference Group (RG). There has only been one meeting of the group to date and no opportunity to have any discussion to provide meaningful input. This is despite separate meetings held between the project manager, landscape architect and some of the group representatives. No invitation was officially offered to all reference group members.
When MBC applied to be part of the RG it was with the understanding members were chosen on a 'merit basis'. We expected the reference group would follow a formal process to incorporate relevant input into the town centre final design.
To the contrary, the process that determined the direction of the design appears to have ignored the original community feedback and intent which was overwhelmingly to retain the Mission Beach village character and reflect its natural beauty.
Apparently, from correspondence shared with the RG, community feedback on the draft concept design is 37% positive, 50% ’neutral’ and 13% negative. Not surprising given the distortion of scale, unrealistic artist impressions and generic style making it very difficult for the public to give informed feedback.
Due to the lack of clear guiding principles the outcome has resulted in a mish mash of 'ideas' and 'on trend' design that dominates the natural environment and undermines the authentic character of Mission Beach.
It would be an irreversible mistake to attempt a change of character of Mission Beach – nor is there any right to do so. Locals and visitors appreciate the way Mission Beach reflects its exceptional natural environment inside and outside the World Heritage boundaries.
Our village might need some attention, but such attention does not demand or allow for a change of character.
Further, the proposed viewing deck seriously counters the natural values of Mission Beach: it would introduce infrastructure of a type that is inappropriate within the erosion zone on a cyclone exposed coastline. The Foreshore Management Plan must be refered to when any interferance with the littoral zone is being planned.
Let the Project manager and Landscape architect know:
You have have a strong sense of identity with Mission Beach
because of its authentic character
Have your say online here from Tuesday 25th Oct or
at the Village Green between 3 and 6pm on Wednesday 26th Oct
Say Yes to:
Say No to: