Activating our naturally wonderful parks on Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast park reserves are another step closer to being even more vibrant after Council today endorsed the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial Use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves).

Mayor Karen Williams said the Land Management Plan (LMP) applied specifically to 29 State-owned reserves that Council holds in trust for the Queensland Government.

“The LMP provides controls and measures that satisfy State requirements for temporary commercial activities on these reserves in the Redlands Coast,” she said.

“It also reinforces Council’s commitment to supporting sustainable levels of temporary commercial activity in public open spaces.”

Cr Williams said temporary commercial activities are generally of a low-scale, and restricted to a footprint of 30 sq m and, depending on the size and type of park, the number of commercial vendors is capped at between one and three.

“Under the LMP, the type of temporary commercial activities are limited to those that complement the recreation and leisure functions of that reserve,” she said.

“Depending on the park, activities could include mobile food and beverage vans; personal fitness training; hire of recreation equipment, such as watercraft and bikes; entertainment such as busking, face painting, magicians, petting zoos and other similar activities; and tourist-based activities, including canoe and kayak tours.

“There are many activities that could further enliven our parks and communities, and which park users would appreciate having there.

“We love our outdoors lifestyle on Redlands Coast, and the LMP is an important step in making sure great recreation and leisure opportunities are available to everyone.”

Cr Williams said the LMP would now be sent to the Queensland Government for approval.

“Following the State Government’s approval of the plan, vendors who want to operate in a park reserve will be able to indicate their interest to Council through an Expression of Interest process,” she said.

“If short-listed, they will be invited to formally apply for approval.”

For more information about the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves) visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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