Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said negotiations had stalled.
Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said negotiations had stalled. Greg Miller

Mystery surrounds Caloundra South development funding

TWO years after Sunshine Coast Council announced a potential $560 million shortfall in infrastructure required for the massive Caloundra South development, confusion reigns over the state of negotiations meant to resolve the impasse.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said negotiations had stalled.

He said the developer Stockland was continuing to deal with the Newman Government but that council had been sidelined.

"Nothing has changed in 12 months,'' Cr Thompson said. "There has been no update from either party."

That position is at odds with a very limited statement council issued in Cr Thompson's name in response to a series of questions put earlier by the Daily.

"Please attribute the following to Sunshine Coast Council Acting Mayor Chris Thompson," it stated.

"Caloundra South infrastructure contribution negotiations between Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government are continuing."

The issue is critical to ratepayers, who council estimated in 2012 may face general rate increases of between 12-15% for a period from 10 to 15 years to cover the shortfall.

Alternatively it estimated a special levy on Caloundra South residents of between $940 and $1478 annually for 49 years may be required.

Questions about the state of negotiations have invariably been met with one sentence responses that they were confidential and ongoing.

However in response to a caller's question on ABC Coast FM last year, Mayor Mark Jamieson predicted the matter would be resolved by the end of 2013.


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