Question marks over development

Councillor Debbie Blumel at the site of the proposed Twin Waters West development. Photo:Barry Leddicoat  / 174436c
Councillor Debbie Blumel at the site of the proposed Twin Waters West development. Photo:Barry Leddicoat / 174436c

Councillor Debbie Blumel has launched an attack on the former Maroochy council by accusing it of changing planning documents to open up sensitive land to development.

Ms Blumel said she intended to use a review of the local growth plan to thoroughly investigate the case of Twin Waters West.

In August last year, Stockland Developments lodged a “material change of use” development application with Maroochy Council to change the land use conditions on a parcel of former cane land between the existing western boundary of Twin Waters and the Sunshine Motorway.

The company intends to build 1100 residences on blocks as small as 200 square metres with buildings up to four storeys in height.

Before the election, Ms Blumel campaigned on the platform that she would act on behalf of the community, who were concerned about flooding and traffic congestion if the development went ahead.

She said with potential for 33,000 more residences already allocated in the Maroochy Plan 2000 than what the South-East Regional Queensland plan calls for, there was no justifiable reason to rezone the floodplain for further residential development.

“That land was designated Maroochy River floodplain but during the development of the LGMS by the former council, it was changed,” she said.

“It was changed to residential development and that would result in a massive windfall profit to the land owner and the developer.”

Ms Blumel said it was not in the community interest for residential development on a floodplain.

“In fact, the former council wrote back to them with an information request saying if you proceed we will put a whole lot of conditions on you (so) why don’t you wait for the LGMS to come out?” she said.

“It’s a no-brainer to me who was responsible. It would have been a direction given by councillors who are no longer with us.”

Stockland said it was working closely with the new Sunshine Coast council, the local Maroochydore community and all relevant stakeholders to deliver the best possible outcome at its Pacific Paradise site:

“The draft Maroochy Local Growth Management Scheme has included the site for residential development,” a spokesperson said.

“An application has been made and Stockland will consult with key stakeholders.

“Stockland is committed to developing and delivering a vibrant, sustainable community at Pacific Paradise and will continue to provide information as it moves forward with this project.”

Ms Blumel said Stockland had never attempted to contact her.

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