Digital Hub Development and Rufous St Precinct Project

Council purchased the bowls club site at Rufous Street in November 2014 and considered the future of that site as part of a larger conversation with Peregian residents, including a whole range of ideas previously put forward by the Peregian Beach community. Those ideas are rapidly coming to fruition.

See the News Feed below for the latest news, and the document library and photos to the right of your screen for associated plans, photos and other documents.

The consultation for the master plan began in May 2015 as part of the Peregian - Your Say project and entailed: public meetings;Continue reading

Council purchased the bowls club site at Rufous Street in November 2014 and considered the future of that site as part of a larger conversation with Peregian residents, including a whole range of ideas previously put forward by the Peregian Beach community. Those ideas are rapidly coming to fruition.

See the News Feed below for the latest news, and the document library and photos to the right of your screen for associated plans, photos and other documents.

The consultation for the master plan began in May 2015 as part of the Peregian - Your Say project and entailed: public meetings; community submissions here on Council's Your Say website; a design charette and meetings with key community stakeholders. A draft plan was developed by a team of local professionals coordinated by Sparks Architects.

The Rufous Street master plan includes: significant green space; a new building to house IT enterprises and a digital hub.Additional car parking spaces and traffic calming and pedestrian linkages to Peregian Village are also included.

Artists impressions of the proposed Rufous St Digital Hub and new Peregian Community Hub along with the approved Master Plan can be viewed in the document library to the right of your screen.

The Peregian/Rufous Street Your Say Master Plan was adopted by Council in the March 2016 round of meetings.

Council granted a development permit for Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring of Lot at 253 & 255 David Low Way and 5-7 Rufous Street, Peregian Beach, at its Ordinary Meeting on the 21 July 2016.

All documents and information about every phase of the consultation can be viewed in the document library and key dates section to the right of your screen, and in the news feed below.

  • Temporary Carparks on Rufous Street

    3 months ago

    Noosa Council wishes to thank residents and visitors for their tolerance while Rufous Street civil works are being completed and the Digital Hub preparatory works get underway.

    We know finding a car park is frustrating while we have two projects happening concurrently but we are trying to make as much parking space available as quickly as possible.

    Car parks on Rufous street should become available by the end of June.

    The David Low Way car park, just south of the community house should reopen towards the end July- early August,weather permitting.

    Please see a map of the temporary carparks available... Continue reading

    Noosa Council wishes to thank residents and visitors for their tolerance while Rufous Street civil works are being completed and the Digital Hub preparatory works get underway.

    We know finding a car park is frustrating while we have two projects happening concurrently but we are trying to make as much parking space available as quickly as possible.

    Car parks on Rufous street should become available by the end of June.

    The David Low Way car park, just south of the community house should reopen towards the end July- early August,weather permitting.

    Please see a map of the temporary carparks available on the map in the document library to the right of this screen

  • Digital hub a step closer

    4 months ago

    Preparatory work on the new Peregian Beach digital hub, to be built on the northern end of the Community House carpark on David Low Way, will start this week.

    Contractors expect to finish the project by Christmas, with the new extended carpark to open ahead of the building completion, weather permitting.

    To make way for the digital hub, Council needs to close the existing carpark on David Low Way.

    But it will stay open until Council puts the finishing touches on the new temporary carpark, already underway next to the tennis club, plus the Rufous Lane construction.

    ... Continue reading

    Preparatory work on the new Peregian Beach digital hub, to be built on the northern end of the Community House carpark on David Low Way, will start this week.

    Contractors expect to finish the project by Christmas, with the new extended carpark to open ahead of the building completion, weather permitting.

    To make way for the digital hub, Council needs to close the existing carpark on David Low Way.

    But it will stay open until Council puts the finishing touches on the new temporary carpark, already underway next to the tennis club, plus the Rufous Lane construction.

    “Rufous Lane is currently under construction. It will provide easy pedestrian access between Peregian Beach village and the new temporary carpark on Rufous Street, which vehicles can enter via Woodland Drive,” Project Manager Adam Britton said.

    The digital hub is a $3M project, funded by Council, with the Queensland Government contributing $1M in grant funding.

    Mr Britton said works currently underway on David Low Way were almost complete.

    New David Low Way pedestrian refuges and a raised crossing will help improve pedestrian access between the Rufous Street Precinct and the village.

    “Council appreciates the community’s patience while the digital hub and carpark are built. We will be making every effort to minimise disruption to the community wherever possible,” Mr Britton said.


  • Civil works commence

    8 months ago

    Civil works get underway at Rufous Street week commencing January 23, 2017. These include: formalising carparks and creating a temporary carpark beside the tennis court; Rufous Steet landscaping; upgrading the Rufous Street laneway; creating a pedestrian refuge at the Heron Street and David Low Way roundabout and raising the pedestrian crossing on David Low Way. For more details see the 17 January Project News located in the document library to the right of this screen.

    Civil works get underway at Rufous Street week commencing January 23, 2017. These include: formalising carparks and creating a temporary carpark beside the tennis court; Rufous Steet landscaping; upgrading the Rufous Street laneway; creating a pedestrian refuge at the Heron Street and David Low Way roundabout and raising the pedestrian crossing on David Low Way. For more details see the 17 January Project News located in the document library to the right of this screen.

  • Civil Works Contract Awarded

    8 months ago

    Work on the new Rufous Street Precinct at Peregian Beach will begin in January 2017 after Council awarded a $768,000 construction contract on Thursday December 15, 2016.Council will raise the existing crossing on David Low Way and install a new pedestrian refuge near the David Low Way/Heron Street intersection to improve both safety and access. Rufous Lane will get LED lighting and new landscaping, plus pathway upgrades to better connect David Low Way and the kindergarten car park. Read more


    Work on the new Rufous Street Precinct at Peregian Beach will begin in January 2017 after Council awarded a $768,000 construction contract on Thursday December 15, 2016.Council will raise the existing crossing on David Low Way and install a new pedestrian refuge near the David Low Way/Heron Street intersection to improve both safety and access. Rufous Lane will get LED lighting and new landscaping, plus pathway upgrades to better connect David Low Way and the kindergarten car park. Read more


  • Council awarded $1M in QLD Govt. grant for Digital Hub

    8 months ago

    Council has been awarded $1M in state grant funding for the Peregian Digital Hub project. Mayor Tony Wellington said " The project will house anchor tenants working in the digital field and also encourage new digital enterprises by providing support for start-ups." Read more.

    Council has been awarded $1M in state grant funding for the Peregian Digital Hub project. Mayor Tony Wellington said " The project will house anchor tenants working in the digital field and also encourage new digital enterprises by providing support for start-ups." Read more.

  • Federal Senator briefed on Digital Hub for Rufous Street

    12 months ago

    Federal Senator Fiona Nash was briefed on a new Digital Hub planned as part of the Rufous Street project, on September 23rd. See Council's media release for more details.

    Federal Senator Fiona Nash was briefed on a new Digital Hub planned as part of the Rufous Street project, on September 23rd. See Council's media release for more details.

  • What's next for the Rufous Street project?

    about 1 year ago

    Council’s granted a development permit for Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring of Lot at 253 & 255 David Low Way and 5-7 Rufous Street, Peregian Beach, at its Ordinary Meeting on the 21 July 2016.

    One of the conditions of this approval is that prior to any building work commencing on the existing car park alternative car parks be built in Rufous St and the temporary car park next to the tennis courts as per the attached plan.

    Council engineers are now developing a detailed design for these works on Rufous St including new footpaths, parking spaces and stormwater... Continue reading

    Council’s granted a development permit for Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring of Lot at 253 & 255 David Low Way and 5-7 Rufous Street, Peregian Beach, at its Ordinary Meeting on the 21 July 2016.

    One of the conditions of this approval is that prior to any building work commencing on the existing car park alternative car parks be built in Rufous St and the temporary car park next to the tennis courts as per the attached plan.

    Council engineers are now developing a detailed design for these works on Rufous St including new footpaths, parking spaces and stormwater run-off protections.

    At the same time, the Sparks Architect team, who developed the Rufous St masterplan, are designing lighting and safety upgrades for Rufous Lane which connects the parking in Rufous St to Peregian Village.

    The Rufous St civil works and the Lane safety upgrade will be the first two construction projects in the Precinct, however not much will happen on the ground in the next two or three months while detailed designs are completed and tenders for the works issued and decided upon.

    Once tenders have been let there will be newsletters and media to inform residents of the construction program before the street upgrade works begin.

    All of this means that construction of the new Digital Hub on the northern end of the David Low Way carpark is not expected to start until May / June 2017.

    See Rufous St Precinct Stage 1 Works plan in the document library to the right of this screen.



  • Public notification period closes on DA

    about 1 year ago

    The public notification period for the Design Application for the proposed redevelopment of the Rufous Street precinct closed on July 1, 2016.

    Six submissions were received.Three objected to the proposed development, two were supportive and one was neutral.

    The application has now been assessed and is currently on Council's agenda for approval, subject to conditions, as part of Council’s July 2016 round of meetings.

    In other project news, Dan Sparks Architects has been commissioned to develop a design for the upgrade of the laneway between David Low Way and Rufous St.

    Detailed design work for the civil works to upgrade... Continue reading

    The public notification period for the Design Application for the proposed redevelopment of the Rufous Street precinct closed on July 1, 2016.

    Six submissions were received.Three objected to the proposed development, two were supportive and one was neutral.

    The application has now been assessed and is currently on Council's agenda for approval, subject to conditions, as part of Council’s July 2016 round of meetings.

    In other project news, Dan Sparks Architects has been commissioned to develop a design for the upgrade of the laneway between David Low Way and Rufous St.

    Detailed design work for the civil works to upgrade Rufous St and the temporary car park next to the tennis court has also commenced with construction planned for the last quarter of 2016.

  • Public Comment on Design Application open June 10 - July 1

    over 1 year ago

    The Peregian Beach Rufous Street Precinct development is a step nearer construction with formal submissions now invited on the proposed development permit for a material change of use (MCU) at 253 -255 David Low Way.

    The public notification period is between June 10 and July 1, 2016. Residents can view plans, including artist impressions of the proposed IT hub and new community building in the document library to the right of this screen.

    To have your say visit Council's website homepage select ‘I want to…find a planning application’, enter the application number MCU16/0044 & REC16/0009 and follow the prompts.

    The... Continue reading

    The Peregian Beach Rufous Street Precinct development is a step nearer construction with formal submissions now invited on the proposed development permit for a material change of use (MCU) at 253 -255 David Low Way.

    The public notification period is between June 10 and July 1, 2016. Residents can view plans, including artist impressions of the proposed IT hub and new community building in the document library to the right of this screen.

    To have your say visit Council's website homepage select ‘I want to…find a planning application’, enter the application number MCU16/0044 & REC16/0009 and follow the prompts.

    The Rufous Street MCU, which is in line with the recently approved Rufous St Master Plan, makes provision for a change of use on the site to allow the development of a digital hub. It also provides for additional car parks and preserves a significant amount of open space land for the community’s use and enjoyment.

    In stage two of the proposed development, the application seeks approval for the digital hub to expand into the current community house and a new community building to be built where the old Bowls Clubhouse used to be.”




  • Development Application lodged

    over 1 year ago

    The Development Application (DA) for a material change of use and reconfiguring a lot for the proposed Rufous St redevelopment has now been lodged with Council. The application was acknowledged as having been properly made on May 3, 2016 and is currently being assessed.

    The ref nos are MCU16/0044 & REC16/0009.

    If you are interested you can view the application on Council’s website - Planning Online by typing in the file reference numbers. This will also allow you to follow the progress of the application through the assessment process.


    The Development Application (DA) for a material change of use and reconfiguring a lot for the proposed Rufous St redevelopment has now been lodged with Council. The application was acknowledged as having been properly made on May 3, 2016 and is currently being assessed.

    The ref nos are MCU16/0044 & REC16/0009.

    If you are interested you can view the application on Council’s website - Planning Online by typing in the file reference numbers. This will also allow you to follow the progress of the application through the assessment process.