Precinct plan meeting ‘hijack’ claim

Mooloolaba Caravan Park
Mooloolaba Caravan Park Brett Wortman

A MOOLOOLABA accommodation manager says her attendance at a Sunshine Coast Council information session was disrupted by developer representatives trying to influence submissions to the draft precinct plan for tourism hot spot.

Sandcastles unit manager Bridgette Silcock attended the September 17 public consultation session at Mooloolaba SLSC to get a better understanding of what was being proposed to allow her to form an opinion.

She said she had engaged in discussion with a council representative when a third person joined the conversation and started saying there was no room for a shared - pedestrian/vehicle - road between Brisbane Rd and River Esplanade.

"When I was filling out the feedback form an Aria (Property Group) representative sat down beside me and started talking about the caravan park," Ms Silcock said. "It was meant to be public consultation and it should be just that. I don't want to be hijacked although that's a bit strong."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said the meeting was open but it had no prior knowledge Aria representatives would be present.

"Council was unaware Aria representatives would be present, council's senior officer at the event was only made aware building industry members were speaking to other participants when the session had finished," the spokesperson said.

Aria Property Group failed to respond to questions put to it yesterday. The company's material change of use application for a 159-unit development and shopping complex opposite Mooloolaba Surf Club includes provision to close the Esplanade to traffic.

Feedback on the council's draft precinct plan closes tomorrow at 5pm.

A petition to retain the caravan park has attracted had by late yesterday attracted 2635 signatures.

Topics:  mooloolaba precinct

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