Resident concerns over development

An artist’s impression of the proposed Mudjimba shopping complex.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Mudjimba shopping complex.

Can the Maroochy North Shore handle another major shopping centre and hotel?

That’s the question, as plans for a development on David Low Way at Mudjimba go back on the agenda.

A seven-hectare site opposite the southern end of the airport runway has been earmarked for the proposal, which features a major supermarket, tavern, drive-through bottle shop, medical centre and a mix of retail and commercial outlets.

September 11 is the cut-off date for submissions on the plan, which caused controversy when unveiled by developer Mal Pratt last year.

Local councillor Debbie Blumel said the issue was now on the agenda of every ratepayer group in the area and she believed general consensus would be in favour of the retail competition it would bring.

But the plan went against the site’s zoning and she would be reluctant to support it while a review of the area’s planning scheme was still under way.

There was concern in the community that such a major centre would draw trade away from existing businesses, Ms Blumel said.

“It will come down to whether the number of people who live on the North Shore can support another district level shopping centre or if it will simply kill off the existing ones,” she said.

There was also concern the plan included a tavern, as a new hotel had recently opened less than 2km away and there was a bowling club, RSL club and surf club in close proximity.

Jay Pashley from the North Shore Traders Association said there were mixed feelings in the community over the plan.

“But personally, I think we need another pub in the area like we need a hole in the head,” he said.

Mr Pratt could not be contacted for comment.

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