Sekisui House: Towards Mount Coolum Photo: Contributed
Sekisui House: Towards Mount Coolum Photo: Contributed Contributed

Sekisui rally to go ahead despite council meeting delay

A RALLY at Coolum on Saturday to protest Sekisui House plans for Yaroomba will go ahead despite Sunshine Coast Council deferring until next year consideration of planning scheme changes that would allow the development.

It is the second time in six weeks the council has delayed a meeting to consider the amendments.

On October 7, Sekisui House released a $1 billion plan to build over 12 years on its 20ha site.

The plan proposes 17 buildings that would include 1470 apartments, a 250-bed five-star resort hotel and 3000sq m of retail space.

The proposal is well in excess of what the planning scheme allows.

The council has asked Sekisui to run public consultation sessions in Nambour and Maleny to add to those conducted in Coolum, Maroochydore, Kawana and Caloundra.

Sekisui House senior development manager Evan Aldridge said community and business groups and the council had been briefed.

"We will be a in a position to provide a report to (the) council by the end of the year," Mr Aldridge said.

He said the council decision to defer its December 1 meeting also gave Sekisui House time to explain any changes to the proposal.

"Feedback from many Sunshine Coast residents has been positive with support for the proposal ... particularly around a tourism and residential development that will provide future jobs and economic benefits to the community," he said.

"There is also local feedback centred around the issue of height - predominantly related to visual

impact and traffic concerns."

Development Watch will hold a rally at Tickle Park in Coolum, from 10.30am on Saturday, against changes to the planning scheme.

Spokeswoman Julie Failor said councillors did not know their community if they thought the latest delay would have the protest against the Sekisui proposal fade away.

Information was being placed in letterboxes of 10,000 homes between Kawana and Caloundra.

Ms Failor said planning scheme amendments to allow the Sekisui proposal would also allow height and density limits in other neighbourhoods to be increased.

She said councillors should not doubt the strength of community opposition given the number of emails, phone calls and text messages they had received.

Sunshine Coast Environment Council spokeswoman Narelle McCarthy said regardless of when the amendments were considered, the issue of changing the scheme to suit a developer remained an affront to the community.

Development Watch president Marian Kroon said the council had caused a major breakdown of trust with the community.

Mr Aldridge said many people recognised the region's economy would benefit.

Sekisui's plans include an internationally branded five-star hotel, residences and aged care facilities.

Mr Aldridge said 4500 construction jobs would be created as well as 620 permanent jobs.


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