Council submission supports sustainable vision
  • Thursday 16 April 2009

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has asked the State Government to scrap plans to investigate the potential for more development at Caloundra South.

Council has also recommended changes to the urban footprint and urged the Government to retain the inter-urban break separating the Sunshine Coast from the greater Brisbane metropolitan area.

These are among a series of recommendations contained in Council’s submission on the State Government’s draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, which will determine future settlement and development patterns in the south east corner for the next 20 years.

Council’s submission was released today to give the community an opportunity to view its contents ahead of the Government’s May 1 deadline.

Mayor Bob Abbot commended the Government on its efforts to respond to complex issues such as climate change, population growth, traffic congestion and housing affordability but said Council believed it should go further.

“We are concerned that the draft Regional Plan doesn’t address these issues sufficiently and it doesn’t provide sufficient detail to achieve the desired regional outcomes,” Cr Abbot said.

“We have identified a number of crucial issues in our submission and we look forward to working with the State government to ensure the final SEQ Regional Plan provides the best possible framework for collaborative regional planning.”

The Mayor said Council’s submission reflected its commitment to establishing the Sunshine Coast as Australia’s most sustainable region and was consistent with other key planning documents prepared in the last 12 months.

Statutory and Regional Planning spokesman, Cr Russell Green, said the submission covered a range of policy areas and aimed to provide greater certainty for Sunshine Coast residents and the development community.

Cr Green said more detailed assessment of some Sunshine Coast districts was required to determine their sustainable carrying capacity, suitability for development and infrastructure needs.

“This is not about blocking future development across the board but ensuring those areas earmarked for development are suitable for that purpose.

“Council has consistently said we need to have appropriate infrastructure in place first to cater for population growth and we need to have a thorough understanding of the carrying capacity of our region.

“That includes consideration of the impacts of climate change, reducing our energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and recognising the need to manage the implications of peak oil.

“The SEQ Regional Plan will have a vital role in shaping out on our future and Council’s submission covers all of these issues and more.”