Coles development not good enough for Noosa
WHAT is good enough for "chaotic Caloundra and Maroochydore" is not up to scratch by Noosa's design standards.
That is the view of Councillor Tony Wellington, who has served on the Sunshine Coast Council and now the new Noosa Council, when considering the Coles Noosa Junction development application which included a tavern and liquor barn.
"This is the first test this council really has to test its mettle in terms of what has occurred over the last six years of the previous council," Cr Wellington said before Noosa voted unanimously to reject the Coles redevelopment.
"This is not what I would argue to be a good Noosa- style development. I believe it will just shove Noosa further down the path that sees us becoming just like everywhere else.
"The development proposal is an out-of-the-box, hum-drum proposal better suited to chaotic Caloundra or Maroochydore. There's nothing in it that adds style or distinction," Cr Wellington said.
The councillor said none of the proposed elements in this development help further Noosa's "cherished" biosphere reserve aim of a sustainable future.
"The buildings are inappropriately oriented which will result in greater power consumption," he said. "There's no water harvesting proposed - there's nothing in the overall design that's imaginative or forward-thinking.
"If we say no here, I believe we're in a much better position to negotiate a much better outcome and ultimately that's what we want."
Cr Bob Abbot who is a former mayor of both Noosa and the first Sunshine Coast Council said he was not going to "wax quite as lyrical" as Cr Wellington.
"Nor am I going to insult our neighbours," Cr Abbot said.
"The bottom line is for me that there is already a liquor outlet on this site, but that's not the reason why I'm agreeing to this (rejection) motion.
"I think there is some room to move on that, that this motion is about bringing us back to a situation where we can get a better outcome.
"I have real concerns about the use of Pinaroo Park for a road to maximise the commercial gain on this particular site.''