SUNSHINE Coast councillors should be applauded for blocking a proposed sand mine on rural land at the entrance to Maroochydore.
Council's planning department recommendation to approve it was in accordance with relevant guidelines, however consideration had to be given to the impact on neighbouring residential communities.
The proposal has caused angst for people about the most important investment of their lives - the family home. They and others will now be given some confidence when they make those decisions that they can rely on the councillors to protect their interests and not be bush whacked by proposals that seek to profit it from the planning scheme's looser interpretations.
The 7-4 vote by councillors was a clear indication they understood what they have been told by their community.
Not so clear was the decision to ratify changes to a development approval in Mooloolaba.
The Breeze development had already been afforded considerable leeway against the planning scheme.
Planning portfolio head Cr Christian Dickson sought to draw a line in the sand while Cr Greg Rogerson adopted the worrying position that it was all much about nothing. In the end councillors chose to provide further relaxation than planning officer recommended in a decision which will leave them wondering at their exact role.
State Planning Minister Jackie Trad may yet form a different view following a request from Nicklin MP Peter Wellington to call in the development.
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