- Thursday 06 October 2011
Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) has today discontinued its Supreme Court action against the Caloundra South Urban Development Area (UDA) declaration.
Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said he had been approached by SCRC Mayor Cr Bob Abbot to end the court proceedings in the interests of the region.
"Cr Abbot has advised his council wants to discontinue the judicial review now the Urban Land Development Authority has approved a major project in the UDA," Mr Lucas said.
This decision has been welcomed by the State Government as the project will support local jobs and housing affordability.
The 2310 hectare site could cater for up to 50,000 residents and 20,000 new homes as it is developed in the coming 30 years and is expected to support more than 15,000 jobs.
"The ULDA approved an application by Stockland for the former Bellvista 2 site, now known as Bells Reach, in early September and Stockland has already commenced works.
"Given the substantial investment Stockland is making they sought certainty from SCRC that Bells Reach would not be impacted by the judicial review."
Mayor Bob Abbot said there had been a significant change in the circumstances surrounding the Supreme Court judicial review process since it was first initiated by council.
"Council could not legally agree to Stockland's request without withdrawing entirely from the judicial review process," Cr Abbot said.
"After considerable deliberation council decided that, given that approvals had already been issued and work was now underway on site, it was sensible and in the public interest to discontinue the judicial review proceedings for the Caloundra South development.
"Council will continue to work with the ULDA and Stockland to ensure best possible planning outcomes and long-term community benefits would be achieved through the development of Caloundra South."
Mr Lucas said the State Government and the ULDA would work as closely as possible with SCRC on the planning and delivery of infrastructure for Caloundra South.
"We acknowledge the challenges in developing this sustainable new community will be the timely delivery and integration of infrastructure through the ULDA," Mr Lucas said.
"Extensive consultation will be held with the council to discuss key early catalyst infrastructure that will provide the best return to the community.
"Such infrastructure will include roads, schools, parks and other community facilities that will benefit new residents and the broader Sunshine Coast community.
"As the State Government has previously indicated, the ratepayers of the Sunshine Coast will not be adversely affected financially by the provision of the infrastructure for the Caloundra South UDA, and Stockland must deliver its projects with this outcome in mind."
Mr Lucas said both the state and council share a desire to see Caloundra South develop in the right way.
"With today's announcement, work will now hasten to finalise the infrastructure funding framework for the UDA," he said.
"I thank the council for its work to date on Caloundra South and look forward to their ongoing involvement."