It was like the calling of the clans and the surf club was the special place they met.
Traders, Business Owners, Community Group Leaders, Neighbours, Academics, Town planners, Developers, & Elders.
A proud town of people got together at short notice and on a rainy night to listen to a young passionate local business woman speak about what makes this place special and how as a community we can proactively protect it & nurture independent locally owned businesses to drive prosperity and job creation. Raeleen Kaesehagen drew upon many examples of how buying local can boost the economy, how going local means becoming more self sufficient and having more control return to the community where it belongs.
She modelled a community with a proactive approach that opens its doors to special and wonderful development, that will make Peregian even more unique and prosperous.
"Like will attract like, and the developers out there that want to do good (and there are such ones) will be attracted to Peregian, and the developers that are only interested in a quick sell and profit, will stay away, as they will know it will be not worth their time."
So many of the intrinsic values of our community exist because of the efforts & actions of local people who gathered at the surf club last night.
As documentation is key in the proactive process, Raeleen spoke of how she made contact with Associate Professor Phil Heywood who lectures on Urban and Regional Planning at QUT. He is a leader in this area and author of Community Planning (click link)
Through him, QUT will support the exercise to articulate Peregian's community vision to local council. A group of students will help in the community vision documenting and present to local council.
Another exciting connection is our very own local Bronwyn Buksh, researcher, sessional lecturer of Regional & Urban Planning Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, who has put up her hand to coordinate the development of the Local Area Code of Peregian Beach.
The forum finished with Raeleen clearly identifying Peregian has a exciting opportunity here to set a blue print for the future plus share what we do with other communities.
Action items in the form of open letters were presented and made available for everyone at the forum to review.
There was passionate support for the surf club and the social activities that take place on the foreshore park.
Anita Sweeney who runs the Peregian Original events introduced herself to the audience and expressed her desire to work at keeping the Originals program in Peregian Beach Park as it stands.
Brett Leckie, President of the Surf Club also addressed the audience expressing the difficulties of funding such iconic events as the Peregian Beach Christmas Eve Carols & Community get- together and how they are reliant on business & community support.
The Peregian Beach Surf Club roast night was a sell out.