Developers float flood-plain plan

Developing a 950-lot residential estate on a 105-hectare floodplain was always going to be a difficult sell.

And so it has proven since developer Stockland unveiled its proposal to build the subdivision on land bordering the Sunshine Motorway and Twin Waters – an area the Sunshine Coast council has moved to explicitly exclude from development.

Environmental scientist Jane Beck is dismayed at the proposal’s requirement for 1.2 million cubic metres of fill.

She said it was a basic principle that every cubic metre of fill represented a cubic metre of water that must go somewhere else.

“The modelling doesn’t look at the cumulative impacts on the flood plain, just the impact on the site,’’ Ms Beck said.

Climate-change adaptation scientist Professor Peter Waterman said vast areas of the Sunshine Coast were already at risk to the impacts of rising sea levels, storm surge and flooding.

Stockland Sunshine Coast manager Nick Wellwood said the state of the economy and the lack of large blocks of developable land elsewhere would be key elements of his company’s argument that the project should be approved.

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