Mill Place Background
When Mill Place was in concept stage the aim was for it to be a landmark civic precinct both at the geographic and social heart of the Cooroy community which would include public library, community facilities and technology access. The aim was for it to reflect the relaxed country atmosphere of the hinterland and be an accessible, welcoming community hub that would draw people together and that they could be proud of. It was to demonstrate best practice in environmentally sustainable design while also delivering practical functionality. It was to inspire and nurture the community's recreational, educational, cultural and creative needs.
As part of Queensland’s 150th Celebrations Legacy Infrastructure Program, Mill Place celebrated the heritage of the Noosa region and created pathways to the future.
The components of the Mill Place precinct include:
1. Library - funding of $3.5 million by State Government under the Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program with additional funding from Sunshine Coast Regional Council providing a total project budget of $9.55 million. Brewster Hjorth Architects are the architects for Mill Place and are one of the leading public library designers in Australia - refer to the architectural drawing (copyright Copyright of Brewster Hjorth Pty Limited 2008 All rights reserved). Hutchinson Builders were appointed for the construction of the Library and work commenced in March 2009. The development incorporates:
- A Public Library of approximately 1,300 m2 including Global Connect online centre, meeting room facilities and café (click on photo above to enlarge);
- Community square and public art; and
- Landscaping and parking areas.
2. Cooroy Butter Factory – creating a precinct to connect the Butter Factory to the Mill Place development.
3. Noosa Clever Networks project – delivering world-class broadband and data storage facilities to the Noosa hinterland. This $5 million project received funding of $1.2 million from the Federal Government and $4 million from the three major partners: Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Mach Technology and Allegro. The project planned to incorporate:
- Provide wireless broadband feed to Noosa hinterland;
- Construct a data storage centre; and
- Connect the fibre optic cable to the Data Centre and the Library.