A Coast construction resource for the next 60 years or more
  • Thursday 09 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council yesterday (Wednesday 8 December) resolved to amend the Caloundra Plan to provide for and guide development of the Meridan Plains Extractive Resource Area.

The state’s south east corner is in short supply of sand resources given the growth occurring in the region.

The Meridan extraction site will provide sand resources for building for up to and beyond 60 years, yielding some 100 million tonnes over its lifetime.

A development agreement between council and the developer will ensure that any potential environmental impacts are identified and minimised given the site’s proximity to the Mooloolah River and urban areas.

Division 1 councillor Anna Grosskreutz said the importance of this valuable resource "cannot be under-estimated".

"Sand has an economic value in our construction industry and it is imperative the resource is locally available," she said.

"In response to some community concern extra studies will be undertaken at later stages and a sinking fund established to ensure the extensive lake system, when established, is maintained to a premium level."

The staged plan will enable five-yearly reviews of development approvals and outcomes.

Additionally, a plan to develop regular communications and updates with local communities is also being formulated, which will report on key milestones in the extraction site’s development and will provide a clear point of contact with the community to air its views should any concerns arise, Cr Grosskreutz said.