Maroochydore’s future almost set
  • Wednesday 08 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council has taken the next steps in the process which will allow Maroochydore to be developed as the Coast’s future Principal Activity Centre.

On Monday, the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning approved the structure plan, with conditions, which council has accepted with the view to formally adopt the structure plan within the next week.

Strategy and Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said that council has reached a major milestone in planning for the region’s future.

"This is a significant step forward not only for council, but for the entire Sunshine Coast," Cr Green said.

"Council accepted the Minister’s conditions to the structure plan, and once those have been addressed, we will formally adopt the structure plan—most likely within the coming week.

"The conditions relate to the sustainability features of buildings and the future master planning of the Sunshine Plaza to ensure the site is comprehensively planned to meet the needs of future generations."

Late last week council also issued a notice to the Horton Park Golf Club outlining its intention to resume the land needed for the new CBD’s roads and essential infrastructure, and open spaces.

Mayor Bob Abbot said its vital Maroochydore is allowed to develop as the region’s central business district, but resumption of the land is council’s least preferred path.

He said that the notice of intention to resume gives the golf club till 23 February 2011 to demonstrate to council why the resumption should not go ahead—and until then, council’s $39 million offer to purchase the golf club is likely to stay on the table.

"We need to develop the CBD to create jobs and new opportunities for our community, diversify the economy and help to realise our region’s potential," Mayor Abbot said.

"Resumption is the last and least favourable option available to us—however through this process we have provided an extended response timeframe to allow the club time to either show why it should not go ahead, or reconsider council’s purchase offer."

Council has been advised that the Horton Park Golf Club has called another special meeting for 20 February 2011 to reconsider their position on the issue.

For more information about the structure plan go to the Community Engagement section on council’s website