'We had no say': Coast residents angry over new development

DEVELOPMENT DRAMA: Councillor Tim Dwyer at the public forum to discuss development of the Pelican Waters Golf Club.
DEVELOPMENT DRAMA: Councillor Tim Dwyer at the public forum to discuss development of the Pelican Waters Golf Club. Sarah Dionysius

PELICAN Waters residents are outraged over a massive 270-home development they believe will ruin their suburb.

They voiced their frustrations during a tense public meeting attended by division councillor Tim Dwyer.

Residents were concerned they've had little say over the project which involves the redevelopment of Pelican Waters Golf Club.

They also raised issues with damage to habitat, risks to endangered species living in the area and the impact on local roads.

Allan Saunders said he and other residents bought in to the suburb for the lifestyle that it offered and the development would destroy that.

"If I had known this was going to happen I wouldn't have purchased here and many others would be in the same boat," he said.

He said they had little to gain from the development and they would be doing whatever they could to have their grievances heard.

The council granted the club approval of its four-stage plan early last year as well as a subsequent approval for stage one of the project, which includes construction of 60 residential lots.

Pelican Water Golf Club members spoke at the meeting about their concern on the future of the club, which they believed was at jeopardy once the development went ahead.

However, Cr Dwyer informed the audience that a covenant had been signed to ensure the land dedicated for the 18-hole golf course would always be retained as open space.

Cr Dwyer said he identified three issues from the meeting which he would follow up and said council officers would research each matter and provide a response to the residents.

Topics:  calounda development pelican waters golf club

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