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Buderim development approved despite risks

Councillors voted 9-2 to approve the controversial Buderim development marketed as 'Badderam'  at Council's 19 April Ordinary Meeting despite the raft of planning issues. Such are the extent of conflicts with the planning scheme (the former Maroochy Plan 2000) against which it was assessed, that some 480 specific conditions (not 158 as quoted elsehwere) were applied plus an essential Infrastructure Agreement (IA).  The purported 'benefits' all hinge on the delivery and operation of a 5 star hotel being a key part of...

Almost 500 conditions expose the 'real' Badderam

Thirty-four pages of reasonable and relevant conditions sit behind the recommended approval for this contentious proposal.  Some 480 qualified conditions shows the extent of planning conflicts and why it should not be approved in its current form. Around 50 substantive conditions relating to geotechnical issues alone demonstrates the risks associated with a development of this bulk and scale atop the Buderim Escarpment.   The purported 'benefits' all hinge on the delivery and operation...

Badderam-economic claims sideline sound planning

Despite significant planning issues warranting a long list of conditions, this contentious development application is recommended for approval at the 19 April Council Meeting. The raft of conflicts with the planning scheme, haven't gone away, simply 'justified' in the 'public interest' based on claims of tourism and economic benefit claims. Please take some time to review the agenda documents, particularly the detailed assessment report and the approval conditions. Also, please consider contacting Councillors with your...

Is 'Badderam' good for Buderim?

The marketing campaign for 'Badderam' touts an 'eco-resort' sympathetic to Buderim's natural environment and amenity. In their May 2015 request to lodge an application under the superseded Maroochy Plan 2000, the proponents say; “This development retains almost 100% of the property's vegetation. No excessive land clearing is required, making it a truly ecological, site sensitive and sustainable development.” But is it? A review of the development application documents for 24-26 Box Street Buderim suggests such claims aren't necessarily supported.  Application documents actually show a development of a scale that would not...

Levy welcomed to tackle Queensland's waste

As the only State without a levy on waste, Queensland has been the dumping ground for interstate waste for too long.  A key, headline recommendation coming out of the final report following the Investigation into the transfer of waste into Queensland is the Government's consideration to implement a general levy on all waste disposed of at landfill in Queensland. "SCEC is pleased to see the Palaszczuk government act on this recommendation by stating its intention to reinstate such a...

Donations and other Dangers to our Democracy for Sunshine Coast residents

Sunshine Coast residents will come together with experts to discuss - Donations and other Dangers to our Democracy - this Thursday 1 March from 6pm at Lake Kawana Community Centre. The free community event, hosted by Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, will see...