A Sunshine Coast Council park may be set to receive a boost in business and tourism following international recognition through the Green Flag Award.

After an extensive judging process, the Kings Beach Park and Community Precinct has been awarded the prestigious accolade.

It is the fourth Queensland park to receive the award, joining the likes of South Bank and Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane and the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland located in the heart of the Western Downs.

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.

Winning an award brings a wealth of benefits, from the status of being affiliated with a prestigious awards program, through to tangible benefits such as boosting tourism and opening up revenue opportunities.

Sunshine Coast Council Divisional Councillor, Terry Landsberg, said the international accreditation recognised Kings Beach Park and Community Precinct as a premier beachside destination for community recreation, tourism, and events.

“Receiving this esteemed award highlights the amazing work undertaken by our dedicated team across Council,” Cr Landsberg said.

“Successfully being awarded a Green Flag Award acknowledges the overall vision for Kings Beach Park and Community Precinct to capture the mountains to the sea character of the city.

“The vision also complements and reflects the natural and unique environments of Caloundra and provides a safe, family-oriented recreation and leisure precinct with opportunities for economic and social benefits.”

Manager Parks and Gardens, Nicholas Coluccio, said maintaining open spaces that the  community loves to enjoy was one of Council’s main priorities.

“Many of our staff work tirelessly in maintaining this particular park and I’m really proud that their work has been recognised,” Mr Coluccio said.

Council also has recently been recognised at a state and national level for the Sunshine Coast Recreation Parks Plan 2021-2031.

This latest Green Flag Award confirms one of the many ways it continues to deliver on its Environment and Liveability Strategy (ELS), which provides long-term direction to guide growth and shape a sustainable future for the region.

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