NATURAL BEAUTY: Lake Weyba at sunset.
NATURAL BEAUTY: Lake Weyba at sunset. Contributed

Answering critics

THE proposed Noosa on Weyba development will inject $250 million into the local economy and create more than 2000 job opportunities over six years for local residents, says project director Steve MacRae.

"Following a detailed independent review by the international RPS Group, it has been confirmed that the project will generate 2032 construction jobs over its development lifespan, inject $250 million into the local construction industry, and create 309 permanent on- and off-site jobs when finished," Mr MacRae said.

He said locals, who have lived in the area for several generations, had spoken to him of their frustration of how "shut off" Noosa had become by not providing new job sources or available housing options that the larger population needed.

The project also has the environment as a priority, Mr MacRae said.

"We started this project with a clear direction to improve the environment, enhance employment, provide housing options and support local business."

Mr MacRae's comments come in response to criticisms from residents and environmentalists.

"The draft community master plan is for 876 dwellings of which 490 are in Sunshine Coast Council and 386 are in the new Noosa Shire," he said.

"All of the dwellings on the lake front and the main amenities will be in Sunshine Coast Council.

"No homes will be built within 60 metres of the Lake Weyba shoreline and we'll have strict building covenants in place to ensure homes complement the natural surroundings and reduce visual impact to our neighbours.

"Our project will in fact protect and improve the water quality of the lake by diverting run-off into Lake Weyba to natural vegetation filters within the property while also providing much needed protection for koalas and koala habitats," he said.

The master planned community will account for around 57 hectares of the total 303.3 hectare site and it will retain more than 240 hectares of green open space.


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