Fill site full to overflowing

Earthworks and filling at Mudjimba have gone well beyond the intent of a permit issued to developer Mal Pratt’s company, a council investigation has determined.

Council’s development services regional strategy and planning director Julie Edwards, who inspected the site, said the level of fill had gone well beyond that approved.

The council may decide to take the matter to the planning and environment court, which can order restoration of the site to its original levels.

Developer Mal Pratt sought approval for a hotel and supermarket on the Mudjimba site, which is covered by 1.6 metres of fill above the natural ground level.

During the past week a “conga line” of trucks has been ferrying more fill and dumping it in mounds across the seven-hectare site.

Mr Pratt said he had done nothing to breach the works permit.

“I know I’m going to cop flak but I don’t care. It will probably get knocked back anyway,” he said.

“We’ll just keep trying. I’m a conservationist.’’

Mr Pratt’s company, Surfing World Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd, sought a material change of use to build a supermarket, showrooms, hotel and parking for 800 cars.

He said the car park was designed to absorb water in a flood event and neighbouring sites were higher.

Divisional councillor Debbie Blumel said residents expressed concern about drainage issues north and south of the David Low Way site.

“This is very flat land and relies on an integrated drainage system,” Ms Blumel said.

“The state government stopped this nonsense on the other side of the motorway but we still have rural land inside the urban footprint.

“It creates problems for others already living here when sites like this are filled.”

She said despite council officers repeatedly clearing drains after calls about problems around Tamarindus Street, Marcoola and Clematis Court as well as at Mudjimba Esplanade, water continued to back up.

Ursula Tracey, of Clematis Court, said there had been ongoing problems with drainage at the back of her property.

“We’ve had council come and clean it time and time again,” Mrs Tracey said. “There must be a blockage somewhere.’’

Mrs Tracey is fervently opposed to the proposal.

“There are too many liquor outlets already and there are empty shops at Marcoola,” she said.

Submissions on the development application close on September 11.


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