Palm Beach Master Plan a missed opportunity

15 Oct 2015 11:40 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has called on local councillor Daphne Macdonald to revisit the new Palm Beach Master Plan after it failed impress locals when released last week.

The long awaited plan was a missed opportunity after a number of key issues were overlooked in favour of beautification works.

Ms Stuckey said while measures were welcomed and would make the streets between 4th and 8th Avenues more attractive, they did little to stimulate small business growth within the precinct.

“Palm Beach CBD has been neglected over many years which has allowed it to become tired and somewhat dishevelled,” she said.

“While I appreciate considerable work and consultation went into the plan, a number of key issues that have a direct effect on the future viability of this space were not addressed.

“I applaud the efforts of our long standing small businesses and welcome relative newcomers, however there are still way too many vacant shops and a critical shortage of parking.”

Cr Macdonald did not speak to the plan at the recent chamber breakfast despite it being the topic of the event.

“A number of people approached me after the presentation to express their frustrations at what was not included,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Residents have a right to feel disappointed as they have waited so long for the local councillor to undertake this master plan and only now with an election on our doorstep does she initiate one.”

Issues raised by locals included;

  • Lack of parking, both short and long term;
  • Congestion on Palm Beach Avenue, which is set to worsen with the removal of exit 93 on the M1;
  • Plans for more trees along Jefferson lane; and
  • Lack of economic investment and development.

Ms Stuckey said the state-controlled Gold Coast Highway ran through the middle of the Master Plan, however there had yet to be any engagement with Transport and Main Roads.

“As the local member I am doing all I can at a state level to create a safe and happy environment to raise families and for people to make a living but residents are not getting a fair deal when such vital communication is being overlooked,” she said.

“Palm Beach should be a thriving precinct and community with modern developments that encourage investment and create jobs. Our small businesses have suffered long enough and deserve more support.”

[ENDS] 15 October 2015