Residents to stop plan change.

Residents to rally against Twin Waters development

CONCERNED locals are gearing up to protest development plans on protected and flood-prone land north of the Maroochy River bridge this afternoon.

They argue due process has not been followed by the council or the State Government in considering proposals to convert a 103ha parcel of land into a residential area, as it is home to protected species and prone to flooding.

Furthermore, the group contends that the suburb does not have adequate infrastructure to cope with a sudden influx of people.

Twin Waters resident Kathryn Hyman said she was initially expecting approximately 50 people to turn up, but now estimates that number could be higher.

"I think it's important to note that we've built this campaign just over the last 14 days, and only seven of those to pull together the rally," she said.

"It's been really amazing that everyone has come together and say enough is enough when we want to have a say in our community."

Ms Hyman said placards created by local artists and signwriters will be on display, and the residents group has plenty of information on hand to inform people about the potential impacts of the development.

University of the Sunshine Coast researcher and Associate Professor of Environmental and Planning Studies Dr Claudia Baldwin is anticipated to speak at the rally.

The demonstration will begin at 1.30pm between Ocean Drive and De Vere Road at Pacific Paradise and is expected to go through until 3.30pm.

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