The local bar and restaurant scene is about to get a lot more interesting after Sunshine Coast Council announced changes to its planning scheme, which has been amended to allow for rooftop dining.
Tourism, Events and Sport portfolio councillor Jason O’Pray says the change enhances the region’s tourism offering, but we think it’s a win for locals too.
“This is a trend that has spread through bigger cities and urban surroundings,” Cr O’Pray says.
“These amendments allow residents and visitors to take advantage of the great weather and stunning views the Sunshine Coast is renowned for. Who wouldn’t want to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal from a rooftop overlooking Mooloolaba Beach? I think that would be a fantastic asset to our region.”
The allowance provided by the change will apply just to the areas in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Coolum. Cr O’Pray says the changes to the scheme aren’t drastic and are limited to tourism precincts.
“This is about prompting potential developers to consider these options in future applications because we think that’s something the community and visitors will really embrace.”
And developers have already started embracing the change. The Rooftop Bar, which is set to welcome its first diners in December, is located just off Duporth Avenue in Maroochydore and will offer 360-degree views.
The space will be set up for functions and events, with a bar and restaurant able to cater for up to 200 people, seven storeys above the ground. The roof will also be retractable, so the space can be enjoyed no matter what the weather’s doing. Cheers to that!