Nambour was as soon as the thriving capital of the Sunshine Coast, however the streets have grown drained because the collapse of the sugar trade virtually twenty years in the past.
- Nambour is the primary regional location to be given Particular Leisure Precinct zoning
- Councillor David Legislation says the zoning offers the council the power to prioritise leisure venues earlier than residential improvement
- Advocates say plans for a nightclub and dwell leisure venue are being hampered by previous infrastructure
Residents at the moment are hoping one other struggling trade will come to its rescue.
Nambour is the primary location outdoors of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley exempt from amplified music necessities of the Queensland authorities’s liquor licensing legal guidelines.
Nambour brewery proprietor Adam Tomlinson mentioned the leisure trade had the potential to revive the previous sugar mill city.
“It would take a little bit of time, however I feel Nambour will certainly be the following West Finish and Fortitude Valley of the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Tomlinson mentioned.
“My imaginative and prescient and my dream for this city are to see vibrancy, to see individuals out on the streets and see this city come alive.”
Mr Tomlinson opened a brewery within the coronary heart of Nambour a number of months earlier than the Particular Leisure Precinct zoning was endorsed, years after it was first mentioned by the Sunshine Coast Council.
“There may be numerous pleasure round, numerous potential and discuss new companies coming to city,” he mentioned.
As a part of the Particular Leisure Precinct, loud music in a zoned location within the coronary heart of Nambour is regulated by the Sunshine Coast Council as an alternative of the state authorities.
The zoning offers the council the power to prioritise leisure venues over residential improvement.
However in a time when the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries are struggling, developments within the city have been restricted.
Nambour artist Andrea Kirwin is a member of a newly shaped stakeholder group, which incorporates enterprise homeowners, neighborhood representatives and teachers advocating for the idea to develop into a actuality.
“It isn’t going to occur this 12 months, it isn’t going to occur subsequent 12 months, it should be like a five-year [process], it should develop over time,” Ms Kirwin mentioned.
She mentioned the group’s imaginative and prescient for the city was completely different from the Valley and would supply extra family-friendly choices.
“We’ve got a unique demographic and a unique clientele that we’re aiming for,” she mentioned.
A nightclub and a dwell music venue are the 2 latest initiatives residents try to get off the bottom, however the group says crimson tape and previous infrastructure are proving to be the largest hurdles.
“Half of the issue is that that the prices are too inhibitive to allow them to’t afford to do issues like put lifts in … they’re household companies, they don’t seem to be builders,” Ms Kirwin mentioned.
“I feel there must be some form of assist for the small companies which might be the primary ones to undergo the trial interval.”
The climb to the highest
Sunshine Coast Councillor David Legislation mentioned the council was assembly with individuals seeking to open venues, however no monetary assist can be supplied.
“There are challenges in doing that in the identical with every part, the CBD and the hub of Nambour has historically been retail,” he mentioned.
“It is about figuring out precisely what you are going to do, what your corporation case seems like and what would you’ll want to do to both knock one thing down … or to repurpose what’s already right here.
“It would perhaps deliver within the smaller acts in addition to with the ability to entice touring nationwide artists and if we will get again to it, worldwide artists will need to cease in Nambour once more.”
Sunshine Coast Pinball arcade proprietor Vaughan Jones mentioned there wanted to be extra complementary companies to entice individuals to the realm.
“The truth is the companies which might be opened round us since we have been in have not been entertainment-focused,” Mr Jones mentioned.
“If there [are] complementary companies round it means individuals will go to different retailers, they doubtlessly may unfold the phrase and it’d assist Nambour seem on extra tourism vacation spot maps.”
Ms Kirwin mentioned for the idea to achieve success, the humanities trade wanted to be given the identical respect and funding as sport.
“It must have an area in society the place it is valued simply as a lot as sport,” she mentioned.