Life & Style Weekend - - BIG READ - WORDS: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

From a sleepy, coastal town to a sprawl­ing, met­ro­pol­i­tan city; the Sun­shine Coast has come a long way over the past few decades.

New es­tates, roads, schools, shop­ping cen­tres and fa­cil­i­ties have been pop­ping up from Caloun­dra to Noosa and quickly trans­form­ing the re­gion.

In what has been dubbed a “once in a life­time” op­por­tu­nity, the com­mu­nity can ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion’s new­est devel­op­ment when it of­fi­cially launches to the pub­lic to­day.

The open­ing of the first stage of the new Ma­roochy­dore CBD is to be a mo­men­tous event not just for those in­volved in the project but for the whole re­gion.

Bron­wyn Adams has been an in­te­gral part of de­vel­op­ing the new CBD, as an ur­ban plan­ner and a de­signer of the project.

“We are all ex­cited for this space to open up and for the com­mu­nity to en­gage with it,” Ms Adams said.

“It re­ally is a beau­ti­fully his­toric mo­ment for the Sun­shine Coast.”

The peo­ple’s day event will al­low for the com­mu­nity to walk, ride, cy­cle or skate through the CBD be­fore it is opened up to ve­hi­cles.

Bron­wyn said it would be the only chance peo­ple would have to fully im­merse them­selves in the city be­fore the streets were open to traf­fic.

“It’s not dis­sim­i­lar to when a bridge first opens up and peo­ple walk over it be­fore it is open to cars,” she said.

“It re­ally is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity.”

The event will in­clude a pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties that will show­case the new “smart city” as­pects of the CBD.

There will be a Lego build­ing con­struc­tion site, vir­tual real­ity tours of the fu­ture city and an ori­en­teer­ing ac­tiv­ity.

There will also be a sto­ry­telling in­stal­la­tion and demon­stra­tions and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays of Ma­roochy­dore city cen­tre’s smart tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture.

The com­mu­nity can take part in the art in­stal­la­tion projects through­out the day, in­clud­ing an art­work that fea­tures hun­dreds of keys col­lected by school­child­ren on the Coast.

There will also be food and bev­er­age stalls, and an evening per­for­mance pro­gram of lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one who is stay­ing or com­ing along for the evening pro­gram to bring a pic­nic blan­ket and BYO din­ner to en­joy while the per­for­mances are on,” Bron­wyn said.

“We have some in­cred­i­bly tal­ented live acts per­form­ing so it should be a re­ally lovely night.”

The evening pro­gram will start with a tra­di­tional Wel­come to Coun­try by Kabi Kabi rep­re­sen­ta­tives and then per­for­mances from the Gubbi Gubbi dance troupe, cel­list Louise King, dancer So­raya Fewquandi­escott and vo­cal­ists Lind­say Pol­lak, Lizzie O’keefe, An­drea Kir­win and Shan­non Sol Carol.

The two-hour cel­e­bra­tion will end with a per­for­mance by Elixir, a folk-jazz en­sem­ble of Katie Noo­nan and sax­o­phon­ist Zac Hur­ren.

Lind­say Pol­lak said he and fel­low mu­si­cian part­ner Lizzie O’keefe were ex­cited to be per­form­ing at the event.

They will per­form their mu­sic col­lab­o­ra­tion Dan­ger­ous Song, which com­bines live-loop­ing sounds with vo­cals.

“I’m us­ing a dig­i­tal wood­wind in­stru­ment which plays sounds of en­dan­gered an­i­mals which are be­ing live-looped and com­bined with Lizzie’s voice,” Lind­say said.

“There will also be amaz­ing un­der­wa­ter pro­jec­tions that will ac­com­pany the per­for­mance.

“We be­lieve that by mak­ing peo­ple fall in love with the ocean, they will be more likely to pro­tect it. (It is) a mes­sage that is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to spread here on the Sun­shine Coast.”

The duo has per­formed across the Sun­shine Coast, in­clud­ing at the Wood­ford Folk Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and has also toured through­out Europe. Lind­say said the sounds would be un­like any­one had heard.

“When peo­ple come along and lis­ten to our mu­sic they are very af­fected by it,” he said.

“Lizzie is an in­cred­i­ble singer and her voice is un­like any that I have heard.

“It is go­ing to be a won­der­ful night and it is an hon­our to be a part of it.”

Ma­roochy­dore city cen­tre peo­ple’s day is on to­day from 11am un­til 8.30pm and is a free, non-tick­eted event.

All roads are closed to ve­hi­cles with pedes­trian ac­cess through First Ave at Aero­drome Rd.


FINE TUNE: Lin­sey Pol­lak and Lizzie O'keefe will per­form to cel­e­brate the launch of the first stage of the new Ma­roochy­dore CBD.

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