Economic Development Plan will be undertaken by C Change Sustainable Solutions
& SGS Economics during October and November 2014.
The Economic Development Plan (EDP) will provide the research data to create a 10-year framework to reinvigorate the local economy within Maroochydore’s original Town Centre precinct, utilising an approach that integrates best practice evidence and fosters collaboration with a broad cross section of local stakeholders.
KEY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE PLAN
The MRA is interested in developing a plan that defines exactly what actions the precinct needs to move forward, what are the game changer projects and importantly how will they best be resourced?
How do we diversify employment opportunities and support and attract local and wider investment networks and infrastructure projects? What infrastructure projects would have the most enduring impact on the local economy?
The EDP will also provide the mechanisms to strengthen and inform a sustainable organisational structure including recommendations for funding of current and future MRA projects and events.
View full MRA Economic Development Plan and Specs.
WHO WE ARE
Maroochydore Revitalisation Association was formed in November of 2012 and has
grown into a strong and active group that is changing the future of the
historic Maroochydore town centre.
MRA is made up of a group of businesses, residents and landowners who
collaborate on economic and community projects. MRA utilises a partnership
approach involving input from multiple business, residential and community
stakeholders to raise awareness of Maroochydore’s Traditional Town Centre, attracting
visitation and income for businesses within the precinct.
believes that in order to forge a strong and prosperous future the precinct
must unite to create an authentic identity that is responsive to the needs and
aspirations of the community. ‘This is our place and our town and we want
to see it prosper and improve the experiences of people who visit, live and
work in the area.’
THE AGREED MANDATE OF THE MRA
- To Rejuvenate Ocean Street and
- To Create an Authentic Identity
for the Precinct
- To Develop a Sustainable Local
- To Promote an Authentic and
Culturally Rich Precinct
- To Represent all Stakeholders of
The MRA precinct, once the
central centre of business, employment and recreation in Maroochydore has experienced
decline over the last decade with initiatives, investment and design
development projects being focused on surrounding activity centres, for example
Sunshine Plaza, Sippy Downs Town centre and the Maroochydore PDA.
effect is evident in the number of vacant shops and office premises, lack of
diversity in local activities and limited foot traffic in the precinct.
With the adjacent Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area being fast
tracked to become the business, community and employment hub of the Sunshine
Coast it is of critical importance that our commercial precinct has a clear
identity and robust economic analysis to ensure future policies, initiatives
and actions address and respond to existing gaps in the market and capitalises
on existing assets, and local community advantages.
purpose being to strengthen and work together to create complimentary precinct
MRA's commitment to the local community and economy
- Nights on Ocean - Night Markets every 2nd Friday
- Ocean Street World Festival - over 30,000 people attended free event 2014
- Captain and The Duke Bar - at Nights on Ocean markets
- Local street art
- Advocacy and place based initiatives
NIGHTS ON OCEAN
Every 2nd Friday of the month an evening Art/ Craft/ Cultural event is held in Ocean Street Maroochydore. By bringing a monthly night market to Ocean Street, the MRA aims to provide a vibrant and functional community and business hub based on cultural diversity in music, food, fashion and the arts. It is hoped that this monthly event will enhance the economic development and public profile of the area. Nights on Ocean on Facebook
CAPTAIN & THE DUKE
Captain and the Duke is the coast's very own pop up bar... popping up at MRA festivals and markets and serving you the best music, drinks and vibe'n good times. Captain & the Duke on Facebook
OCEAN STREET WORLD FESTIVAL
Sunshine Coasts’ FREE one day festival. A real celebration of culture for the area, with a great day of Music, Dance, Food and Fun for all ages. The Sunshine Coast is the perfect setting for the festival and MRA set to bring the world to the centre of the Coast. Festival goers are treated to a range of musical styles and genres and MRA has a range of activities and entertainment for the younger attendees and a huge array of entertainment for people of all ages. Ocean Street World Festival on Facebook
SPECIAL THANKS to the tireless efforts and big picture thinking by the MRA Board Members and also a special THANKYOU to five public relation students from the University of the Sunshine Coast for creating the event.