Palmer sells land to Sekisui House
SEKISUI House has bought land on the eastern side of David Low Way from Palmer Coolum Resort, consolidating the site it requires for its proposed $1billion, five-star resort.
The company's senior development manager, Evan Aldridge, said the purchase would allow for "improved site planning" that would achieve the best outcomes in line with the "local community's social and environmental values". The company did not reveal how much it paid.
Federal Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer, the resort's owner, did not return calls yesterday.
Japanese company Sekisui House is yet to lodge a development application for the project, which is outside the new town plan's density and height requirements.
There is strong community opposition to the project.
On Tuesday, the Sunshine Coast Council deferred until Dec
ember a decision on major amendments to the planning scheme that would allow for the project.
Planning portfolio head councillor Christian Dickson and several other councillors cited land tenure issues that had come to their attention in the previous 24 hours as the reason for the deferment.
The council will not say whether it is considering other site-specific changes to the planning scheme.
In response to questions yesterday, Cr Dickson would say only that the "council's special meeting held on September 30 related to a proposed planning scheme amendment".
Nicklin independent MP Peter Wellington has warned that if Sekisui House is able to proceed with its high-rise proposal, it will open the door for similar projects across the region.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said this week that the public would have the chance to express their views on any planning scheme changes before they went ahead.
Mr Aldridge said Sekisui House could confirm the purchase of the 8100sq m site from Palmer Coolum Resort had been finalised.
"As part of this transaction Sekisui House has also sold a 1.1 hectare site, situated within the Palmer Coolum Resort land holding, to Coeur de Lion Investments Pty Ltd (Mr Palmer's company),'' he said. "The purchase now means that Sekisui House is the sole land owner of the undeveloped site at Yaroomba.''
Mr Aldridge said in coming weeks Sekisui House would contact key stakeholders and local community groups to inform them of its plans for the site.