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Council gets it right with Palmview vote

​ MEDIA RELEASE 20 July 2018  The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) has welcomed support for recommendations to have land at Palmview retained for conservation and flood storage. “These parcels have significant ecological and habitat values, function as wildlife corridors and are almost entirely flood prone.   They form important linkages with the nearby Mooloolah River National Park and Lower Mooloolah Environmental Reserve and support the hydrology necessary for the health of these conservation areas and function of the floodplains” said...

Sekisui's proposal approved

Last week, Sekisui’s inappropriate development application for Yaroomba was approved after Councillors voted 6:5 in favour of the proposal.

Sekisui decision to be made Thursday 21 June 2018

Last week, a report by Sunshine Coast Council officers recommended approval of the Sekisui House Yaroomba Beach development application, despite conflicts with the Planning Scheme and an unprecedented 9,288 objections from the community. Now, in a Special Meeting tomorrow - Thursday 21 June - 11 Councillors will go to vote and decide if this inappropriate development gets the green light.

Yandina Creek Wetlands- a campaign celebration

HISTORY OF THE YANDINA CREEK WETLAND CAMPAIGN by GREG ROBERTS With floodgates being reopened in May 2018 so the Yandina Creek Wetland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast can be restored, the future is looking bright for this important site. A campaign spanning six years has finally resulted in an excellent outcome for biodiversity in the heart of Australia's tenth largest city. Supporters of that campaign have suggested that its history be documented; this account is...

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...