Introduction

There is increasing research and evidence to show open and green spaces have a positive effect on community sociability, local economy and ecology. These spaces are particularly important in urban environments, where people live, work and recreate. Cassowary Coast Regional Council is seeking to grow the awareness and partronage of Warrina Lakes with the principle objective of creating an inviting and interesting place to experience. This will be achieved through the conception of a strategic master plan to create vibrant and exciting spaces.

The Warrina Lakes Strategic Master Plan has five core outcomes:

  • To develop attractive, welcoming and functional places through improved amenity and design;
  • To create a memorable visitor experience by showcasing the natural assets and improving the environmental values of the site;
  • To enhance opportunities for tourists and locals to interact and socialise within the area through art and cultural spaces;
  • Increase and enhance business and economic activity by improving connectivity between the Innisfail Central Business District and Warrina Lakes; and
  • Provide a practical framework that raises the profile of the Warrina Lakes which will grow the awareness and partronage of the facility.
The strategic master plan will provide a 10 year vision that establishes the priorities and strategic direction for projects within the Warrina Lakes facility. The master planning process will involve analysing key opportunities and constraints, identifying the potential of the area's assets, improving the environmental values of the site, evaluating current pedestrian and vehicular traffic arrangements, and collaboratively develop market-tested strategies with stakeholders to revive tired areas and structures. The activation of the Warrina Lakes will significantly contribute to a prosperous and liveable region, for both visitors and locals. It is envisaged that Warrina Lakes will be an adaptable open space that allows for future flexibility as the community and open space function and needs change over time.

Study area

Warrina Lakes Strategic Master Plan Study Area

Warrina Lakes Strategic Master Plan Study Area

Background

The purpose of the project is grow the awareness and partronage of Warrina Lakes with the principle objective of creating a inviting and interesting place to experience that contributes to the locality’s ongoing prosperity and the greater Cassowary Coast region. The master plan will provide further opportunities for visitors and locals to appreciate and experience Warrina Lakes natural assets, its laid back atmosphere and lifestyle opportunities.

Objectives

Principally, the objectives of project are to:

  • Create and grow attractive spaces that invite locals and visitors to stay and enjoy the area;
  • Provide opportunities and encouragement for 'passing traffic' to stop and enjoy the the Warrina Lakes area;
  • Provide for a safe and easily accessible place for everyone regardless of age, ability, culture or income within a diverse range of settings;
  • Provide an improved space for community events and opportunities for social interaction;
  • Provide modernised, refreshed and co-ordinated ancillary infrastructure such as footpaths, lighting, water fountains, bike paths, signage, shelters, seating, shade, toilets, play equipment and rubbish bins;
  • Create welcoming and memorable spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, function effectively and contribute to a sense of place;
  • Establish a design that is sympathetic to and enhances the natural values of the area;
  • Establish a design that provides opportunities for art and cultural spaces;
  • Identify opportunities for integrating signage and new technology to improve the visitor experience within the Warrina Lakes area; and
  • Ensure options are reasonably market tested for practical delivery