CITY COMES TO LIFE
BE A PART OF HISTORY AS THE FIRST STEP OF THE NEW CBD OPENS TO THE SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY IN SLICK CITY STYLE.
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.