Developer waits for chance to change Halls Creek

WAITING GAME: Development company Stockland owns 1260 hectares of land at Halls Creek.
WAITING GAME: Development company Stockland owns 1260 hectares of land at Halls Creek. Stuart Cumming

STOCKLAND Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew is prepared to wait until his company's 1260-hectare parcel of Halls Creek is given a development tick.

Mr Andrew said Stockland had owned the land since 2004 when it acquired property development company Lensworth.

He noted comments made by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson that the council would never support urban development at Halls Creek.

"It's a long-term project," Mr Andrew said.

"We are not looking to get it approved by the council in the next three or four years."

Stockland's Halls Creek block adjoins its existing Caloundra South Aura project.

"The land as it currently stands is 85% cleared," Mr Andrew said.

He said it was degraded pine plantation which was difficult to make things grow.

"The land is pretty well infertile," he said.

Cattle run on agistment, which he said was primarily to have someone looking after the block.

Mr Andrew said 30% of the site would be retained for conservation.

"When it's developed it will drain into an existing natural wetland," he said.

"It has practically no impact on the environment."

He said the current Caloundra South development would be a factor in future approval of Halls Creek.

"We are very confident what we are doing at Aura will earn the trust of everyone."

Mr Andrew said the company had no plans to buy more adjoining properties.

"We are very happy with the footprint we have got on the Sunshine Coast."

Mr Andrew conceded the company might have made offers to neighbours in the past but said he wasn't aware of any in the eight years he had been general manager.

He said the company was in a position where it could wait to develop.

"We are not a private developer that has bought the land and owes a lot of money," he said.

But he said Stockland believed Halls Creek needed to be developed to deliver long-term sustainable delivery of land in south-east Queensland.

He acknowledged there was still a lot of work to be done before the area was ready for that process to begin.

"We just simply want an open, transparent process where both sides are investigated 100%."

Topics:  aura caloundra south development halls creek stockland sunshine coast sunshine coast council

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