Thursday, April 25, 2024

Sunshine Coast dedicates new top floor to community

Sunshine Coast Council has announced the top floor of its new City Hall, which offers views from the hinterland to the coastline, will be for the people of the city.

Sunshine Coast Council CEO, Emma Thomas said Level 9 of the building would be retained for civic and community purposes, rather than being leased out for commercial operations.

“Council has acknowledged the importance of community access to, engagement in, and connection with, its city hall and the position and nature of this level of the building sees it well-placed to provide that opportunity,” Ms Thomas said.

“There is increasing demand for a range of community spaces and the top level of city hall will assist in responding to that need.

“We will see it used for council hosted and sponsored events, citizenship ceremonies and community engagement workshops and it will be available for hire for specified community events.”

Council envisaged that Level 9 will also be an important asset for the significant range of delegations, workshops and activities to prepare for and deliver the Brisbane 2032 Summer Olympics, she said.

“It has also been suggested that Level 9 be used to display and present exhibition themes portraying our natural and social history, environment, sustainability and heritage, arts and culture and we are keen to explore those opportunities.”

While yet to be finalised, the fitout design may include catering bump-in facilities, audio visual, information technology and a dividing wall system to allow for multiple uses.

Ms Thomas said including community use within city hall would also activate the broader Maroochydore City Centre.

Council also agreed to retain Level 8 for council operations, a space for cross-group teams working on key projects such as the New Planning Scheme and creating short term (one to three year) collaboration, start-up, innovation and project spaces potentially in cooperation with community and business partners.

“This is a growing area of interest and opportunity and is consistent with council’s key community, economic and environment and liveability strategies and council’s healthy, smart and creative ambitions,” Ms Thomas said.

Sunshine Coast City Hall’s construction is expected to be completed late 2022.

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