Property owners to help decide future of Coast canelands
  • Wednesday 03 February 2010

Council and local land holders have joined forces to plan a sustainable future for the Sunshine Coast canelands.

The Caneland Landowners Group was recently formed to ensure property owners have ongoing input into relevant Council strategies and policies.

Chairman Noel Covey said their aim was to ensure caneland landowners had a voice in the process and that decisions about future use of the land would be in the interests of both property owners and the region as a whole through creation of jobs and sustainable future outcomes.

“We all have a significant investment in the canelands and want to really focus on ensuring any decisions affecting this land will be to the benefit of all,” Mr Covey said.

The Group and Council representatives met for the first time last month to discuss a range of issues and concerns and agreed to continue to an open and honest dialogue.

Sunshine Coast Council CEO John Knaggs said the canelands had great historical and future significance for the region.

“Council is well aware that there is an enormous amount of interest in the future of the canelands,” Mr Knaggs said.

'It is important to state that all current land use rights still apply and future options for the canelands will be developed with Council and the caneland group working together.

“Council is keen to roll up its sleeves to ensure there are viable rural investments on this crucial land.”

As part of the process, Council and landowners will examine characteristics of the land and related issues including flooding, soil, ecosystems and drainage, before consideration of potential future options for the property.