Shaping a village with heart
Locals joined forces to protest and stop Lorikeet Drive at the southern Peregian roundabout being joined up with the David Low Way, which would have turned Lorikeet drive into a major thoroughfare to the village.
Some years later PBCA members, with the assistance of Council, created, planted up and now maintain Lorikeet Park.
The same determined locals protested and stopped a developer’s proposal for an 8 storey high rise opposite Victory Park. With this success in mind the community asked the Council of the time to name the park opposite the development site 'Victory Park'.
The South Peregian Beach Community Association was incorporated. (At that stage south Peregian was in Maroochy Shire and the rest of a Peregian Beach (66%) was in Noosa Shire.)
The Association successfully lobbied to have South Peregian included as part of the Noosa local government area.The Association then appropriately changed its name to PBCA . In 2014 when the State de-amalgamated four shires, including Noosa, the PBCA participated actively in the process and supported de-amalgamation.
PBCA members were instrumental in working with Council to build and establish the PB Community House. PBCA members continue to be involved in the running of this much used community facility.
After the closure of the bowls club PBCA was heavily involved in stopping a developer’s proposal to build a supermarket on the site in Rufous Street, splitting the village in two. In 2014 the developer withdrew from the court case and the community celebrated. PBCA worked with the Council to develop a master plan for the Rufous street precinct.
The Rufous Street Master Plan has been a collaboration with Noosa Council, PBCA, the kindergarten, the tennis club, and veggie village. The result (now at stage 3) is the upgrade of Rufous Lane to provide an attractive and safe link with the village, more village parking, naming of little Rufous creek, viewing platforms above Di Hurst oval with vistas to the National Park, and the Pocket Park with its sandstone ‘talking circle’, and a new Community House. PBCA has supported Council’s applications for Commonwealth funding for this important project
The former Caravan Park has been a significant focus for more than ten years since the developer closed the caravan park and made numerous development applications culminating in the recent (Oct 2018) settlement reached on day 9 of the trial in the Environment and Planning Court which ensures the balance of the site left after the IGA development will be used for visitor accommodation. PBCA fought long and hard, with residents contributing financially ($40,000) as well as many volunteer hours, along with Council, to achieve an outcome that is compliant with the Noosa Plan and has kept Rufous Street closed to access from the development.
And every month of every year our bushcarers were rolling up their sleeves
PBCA has raised many thousands of dollars from our community to help protect our village scale and our town plan in the courts, and more than $300,000 in community and conservation grants for environment projects.