Homes to go to make way for major Coast roadworks
THE State Government has turned its back on a Sunshine Coast suburb promised four years ago that its homes would not be affected by major new roadwork at Mooloolaba.
Hideaway Waters residents have been left shell-shocked by the decision after lobbying hard to be spared from Labor's Multi Modal Transport corridor.
They were assured, in letters sent by the Main Roads and Transport Department in September, 2010, that "now that alignment investigations are complete and the corridor route has been announced residents can make future plans based on the certainty that Hideaway Waters is not part of a future transport corridor".
The Newman government has now revisited the alignment in search of cost savings and determined that a new arterial road linking Maroochydore and Kawana will go through their properties.
Under relevant legislation only those homes directly under the footprint of the road link will be resumed.
Those like Kellie Adams's at 10 Karloo Ct, Hideaway Waters, won't be resumed.
Instead she will be left with a new road passing within 50m of her home that sits on what has been an idyllic stretch of the Mooloolah River.
Kay and Terry Marshall have just finished renovations on their Karloo Ct home based on the 2010 advice from the Department of Main Roads.
"This was supposed to have been put to bed. We've had no communication." - Kay Marshall.
The couple, long-term residents of Hideaway Waters, lost their Mary Valley farm to resumption for the Traveston Crossing Dam that was eventually shelved.
"The noise levels will be horrific," Mrs Marshall said.
"This was supposed to have been put to bed. We've had no communication."
Buderim MP Steve Dickson, who represents the area, said residents had received a letter from the department in August about the new route.
The letters were only sent to those under the footprint.
"The Department of Transport and Main Roads offered to meet with residents to discuss the MRI project planning and as of 27 August 2014 the Project hotline 1800 289 698 has received 33 calls, the project team have booked 19 property owner meetings, two of which have already occurred,'' he said.
Mr Dickson said the project "may result in uncertainty and frustration" for property owners.
"Unlike Labor, we think improved access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a priority which is why Transport and Main Roads conducted a review that resulted in a change to the alignment,'' he said.
"The new $440 million alignment delivers an affordable, cost-effective solution while Labor had a $1.5 billion thought bubble they had no intention of delivering."
The line was repeated by Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.
Mr Dickson said the government was going through due process and TMR would continue to meet with a number of residents which are outside the footprint to discuss their concerns and those matters will be determined after that.
Ms Adams said she had received cold comfort from a meeting she had with the department this week.
"Our home is less than 50m from the structure,'' she said. "They're not even sure if they will erect a sound wall or landscape to diffuse it.
"I was told people all over the world lived on highways. There's just a disgusting lack of concern or consultation. We had no correspondence whatsoever they were planning this. It was basically 'suck it up, it's settled'.
"They do not care. It's so disheartening to have three of them sitting there basically saying it's sad, but it's progress. If I'd wanted to live on a highway I would have spent $400,000 less on the house."
Ms Adams and her partner have just started renovations on their waterfront home after paying $4000 for plans.