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16 September 2020
The application to build a Tourist Park at Carrs Road, Bridges has been officially refused by the Sunshine Coast Council. The decision was greeted with applause at YADCA’s AGM on 14th September 2020.
Council’s Principal Development Planner Mr Marc Cornell, had informed YADCA by letter, saying the decision notice is being drafted and will soon be available on the Council’s online development information portal, Development.i
The land owner and applicant is SEQ Development /Investments Pty Ltd of Brisbane; and the Director of the company is Mr William Hu.
The applicant has the right to appeal the Council decision. Residents or groups who had opposed the application may also make submissions in response to any appeal. YADCA will keep the community informed of any developments.
29 May 2020
The new Councillor for Division 10 has been briefed on a controversial tourist park planned for the outskirts of Yandina.
The President and Secretary of YADCA briefed Cr David Law about the proposed development in Carrs Road, Bridges via an online meeting in early May.
The proposal has met with concerted community opposition since the land owner applied in May 2018 to develop it for 258 caravan sites.
YADCA has argued that the development would:
- Damage the area’s scenic amenity;
- Fragment the area’s unbroken swathe of Good Quality Agricultural Land (GQAL);
- Lack social and community links because it sits outside the town’s urban footprint with no bus route, pedestrian path or cycle links to town;
- Fail as a tourist destination and potentially become the third tourist park in Yandina to provide permanent housing for low income residents.
YADCA maintained that the development should not be approved; and Sunshine Coast Council assessors agreed, citing the state government overlay which classifies it as GQAL.
Despite this, outgoing Councillor Greg Rogerson had considered taking the matter to a Council vote in January or February this year, before the local government elections. However this did not eventuate; and the current status of the proposal is unclear.
Yandina is earmarked to provide a disproportionate share of the residential land required to meet the anticipated population growth on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Council predicts a 39 per cent population increase in Yandina itself between 2016 and 2026.
Housing developments in Yandina include
- Multi-stage developments totalling 137 lots in Old Gympie Road – underway.
- A total of 32 lots in Steggalls Road – underway.
- A 15 townhouse development on the corner of Farrell and Low streets – approved.
- A planned 250-plus dwelling development on one block of land in South West Yandina.
Despite this, Yandina is not receiving any proportional local or state government investment in infrastructure and amenity. YADCA continues to lobby for improved infrastructure around Yandina.
The planned South West Yandina residential development – bordered by Wappa Falls, Creightons and Bracken Fern roads – will add to the already unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists wanting to access the town centre, the primary school and bus stops along the Nambour Connection Road.
YADCA will ensure that local and state politicians know the local community wants pedestrian safety.
The only connection between South West Yandina and the town centre is a narrow two lane vehicle bridge with no pedestrian facility.
Pedestrians trying to use this route have been struck by vehicles.
The only pedestrian alternative involves crossing Nambour Connection Road where the speed limit is 80km an hour and there is no pedestrian crossing, pedestrian refuge or signs. Pedestrians must then walk through an off street park to reach a small footbridge across the river.
Concerns have been raised about personal safety using this route.
The single lane bridge on the Yandina Bli Bli Road at Maroochy River is a road safety hazard.
For many years YADCA has advocated for urgent attention. As yet, our state government representatives have been unable to secure funding to upgrade the bridge.
In May 2019 Sunshine Coast Council approved an application to build 15 hectares of greenhouses on the southern floodplains of the upper estuary of the Maroochy River at 199 and 269 Yandina Bli Bli Road, Maroochy River. This land borders the Yandina Bli Bli Rd tourist drive, and is clearly seen from Mt Ninderry tourist lookouts.
Opponents of this ‘factory farm’ development claim it will spoil the scenic amenity and diminish road safety through the introduction of large trucks on the narrow road and the single lane bridge at Caboolture Creek.