Councillor questions worth of go

The Coolum touch grounds where Sundale wants to expand on its retirement resort.
The Coolum touch grounds where Sundale wants to expand on its retirement resort.

In the fight to provide and retain sport and recreational land for the local community, Coolum is losing ground, literally, and now councillor Vivien Griffin is asking whether the price of progress is too high.

Ms Griffin is concerned several state government projects now threaten “irreplaceable” sporting facilities.

“We are a coastal community, bounded by sea to the east and national park to the west, facing three separate state government initiatives which will significantly reduce our future options for much needed sport and recreation land in the area,” she said. The three projects are :

 the evictions of the Suncoast Model Flyers and the junior motocross club to make way for more industrial land at the Quanda Road Industrial Estate;

 a development proposal for a Sundale retirement village to be built on government land, leased by the Coolum touch footy club, adjacent to Stumers Creek; and

 the $7.5 million purchase by the Main Roads Department of the 15.5ha Solid Earth site on South Coolum Road – identified under the Maroochy Plan for future sport and recreational needs, but now “given way to future aspirations for a massive interchange on the Sunshine Motorway”.

Ms Griffin said an audit of all existing industrial land and premises found that 420ha, or more than 30%, was vacant.

“With this amount of available land there is no pressing need to develop more at Quanda Road and we should look seriously at keeping the Flyers and the Junior Motocross right where they are,” she said.

Though she could not comment on the merits of Sundale application while it was being assessed, Ms Griffin said that if it was successful, at least 2.7ha of extra land would be needed to re-house the touch football club.

“This will then eat into available land in the site north of Stumers Creek, and limit the remaining land available for other clubs seeking to expand or just find a home.”

Ms Griffin said there was a serious shortage of recreational land in many Coast communities.

“It is clear that we need to retain as much land for these purposes as possible, as it will only get worse in the future.”

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