Work to do before major developments launch

LOOKING AHEAD: A State Government map shows priority and possible development areas on the Sunshine Coast.
LOOKING AHEAD: A State Government map shows priority and possible development areas on the Sunshine Coast. Contributed

THE release of the State Government's regional plan has reignited debate on the Coast about the suitability of future development sites.

Nearly 200,000 more people are expected to call the region home by 2041, with the Coast's southern end slated to expand to accommodate them.

Development is already under way at Caloundra South, with Beerwah East and Palmview the State Government's other priority areas.

The mention of Halls Creek in the ShapingSEQ document as a potential future development area has evoked strong advocacy from people for and against its urbanisation.

According to the plan, it could be looked at after the potential for Beerwah East, Caloundra South and Palmview had been realised.

Sunshine Coast Council doesn't want it as an option now or ever; the State Government does.

The plan also focused on public transport for the region.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said that as the second fastest growing region in Queensland, something needed to be done to devise a public transport solution that would meet the needs of the majority of residents.

"The recently released south-east Queensland regional plan acknowledged the need for a passenger transport trunk corridor from Maroochydore to Caloundra and on to Beerwah," the spokesman said. 

He said that reflected the work the council had done by conducting feasibility studies, assessing route options and working towards the development of a business case for a light rail network. 

"The business case development is likely to take 12 months to finalise," the spokesman said.

He noted the documents focused on Beerwah East as a major development area.

"The future development of Beerwah East will require council, State Government and key stakeholders to work in close collaboration to develop a detailed structure plan for the area, with a view to making parts available for development within the next decade if required."

A spokesman for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said there was a long way to go before development could be considered in Beerwah East.

"It's identified in the south-east Queensland regional plan as a potential development area because of its proximity to jobs, major transport corridors, existing infrastructure and other major developments," the spokesman said.

"But any future development consideration is subject to the resolution of a number issues. 

"We will be working in close partnership with the Sunshine Coast Council to identify any planning and infrastructure issues, which includes future transport access to the area, the long-term forestry licence over a portion of Beerwah East and the environmental impact of future developments on the multiple creek catchments, including Coochin Creek." 

He said Palmview was in the urban footprint because of its proximity to major developments, transport corridors and established urban centres. 

"Like any development proposal, development on Palmview would have to address a number of issues including environmental, transport and access to infrastructure.

"Any master plan would have to go through community consultation and would be subject to council and state approvals."

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