Anger over lack of planning for aged
NOOSA Council has unveiled plans for its last tract of community land, proposing a potentially controversial 15-lot residential development with a market value of $4million.
The Girraween Master Plan has been three years in the making and the 164ha site has come under intense scrutiny in the past for its environmental values.
Councillors agreed to release a draft plan for public consultation, despite strong criticism from councillor June Colley.
The plan marks 90ha national park, 76ha environment protection, 49ha community facilities, 25ha public utilities and 38ha open space.
Ms Colley said it was a crime that only 3.8ha was put aside for aged care facilities.
"To me, this is certainly not an equitable distribution of land between social, environmental and economic concerns,'' Ms Colley said.
"In the current population 37% of people are over 50 and all the statistics tell us that this will increase rapidly over the next 10-15 years and could reach the 50% mark.
"Everyone who is involved in the age care industry these days knows that the 3.8ha allowed in this plan is now where near enough ? we need 10ha.''
Ms Colley urged the public to object during the public consultation.
The plan will be available from council for $20.