Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot says he has serious concerns about changes the Queensland Government has made to a housing development planned for Caloundra south.
The revised plan will be released today and is the largest of three structure plans proposed by the State Government to provide housing for the Sunshine Coast’s growing population.
Revised plans for developments at Palmview and the Maroochydore CBD were released last month for public comment.
Councillor Abbot says the council has similar problems with all three developments.
“One of the problems that we’ve faced with all of the Government’s responses to our structure plan is they’ve replaced our maximum population figures in those areas and suggested they would be minimum targets,” he said.
“So that sort of blows us out of the water in the sense that we’ve got no control of where it’s going in the future or indeed what sort of future development proposals we might see in the future on those sites.”
Meanwhile the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) says it hopes the Federal Government will conduct public forums across the country to get community input into the national population strategy.
Federal MP Tony Burke will develop the strategy to manage the nation’s population growth as part of his role as Australia’s first Population Minister.
The plan will be created over the next 12 months and SCEC’s Narelle McCarthy says that is more than enough time.
“Given the significance, it’s not unreasonable, but I would think that it could actually be done in a shorter period of time,” she said.
“There are some very vested interests in continuing the population growth and the pro-growth agenda, so it needs to be done in a very fair and balanced way with very strong community representation.”