LNP set to continue Halls Creek push at info booths
THE Sunshine Coast community has been urged to tell the State Government what it thinks of the proposed Halls Creek development site.
Councillor Jenny McKay warned locals if they failed to make themselves heard, the repercussions would be permanent.
"If you fail to voice your opinion, you're failing future generations," Cr McKay said.
Starting in Caloundra on Monday, Beerwah and Caloundra libraries will host State Government public information booths to gauge community feelings about the proposal.
Sunshine Coast Environment Council executive officer Wiebe ter Bals said more consultation was not necessary. He said the Coast community had made it clear they wanted Halls Creek scrapped altogether.
"For 15 years the State (Government) is ignoring it (Sunshine Coast Council) saying that you have to look at Halls Creek," he said.
"Council consistently arg
ued their position against Halls Creek and we believe council got it right.
"We're firmly of the position that we (SCEC) support Beerwah East."
State member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said a University of the Sunshine Coast survey of 400 people found more than half of those polled were unfamiliar with Halls Creek and Beerwah East, which had prompted the information sessions.
"I will be holding 11 information sessions at the Beerwah and Caloundra libraries to explain what these sites represent. I'll also want to hear feedback from locals," Mr McArdle said.
Developer Stockland's residential regional manager Ben Simpson said commun
ity involvement was critical to the project.
"We're listening to the community and we respect the range of views and opinions on how we can best accommodate the future housing needs of the Sunshine Coast beyond 2013," Mr Simpson said.
"We've heard a lot from a few members of special interest groups, however, their views do not necessarily represent the views of the wider community."
- State Government will host info booths at Caloundra and Beerwah libraries
- First Caloundra session on Mon, Aug 11 @ 10am
- First Beerwah session on Thurs, Aug 14 @ 10am
- Stockland will be hosting community site tours of Halls Creek on August 23-24
- Tours will start at 10am or 12.30pm, bookings can be made at http://www.caloundrasouthhallscreek.com.au