COMMENT: Coast needs integrated and balanced development
THE Sunshine Coast needs integrated and balanced development as a larger player in maintaining a sustainable natural environment with wildlife, liveability and well-being.
The Sunshine Coast Council's Regional Economic Development Strategy does not adequately work with our neighbours Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast in particular.
Do we want to maintain our green edge on the Sunshine Coast and be able to greet the day from a natural icon such as Mount Coolum or do we want to be all the same, looking out from 90-storey edifices of this century's built environment?
I believe we have a choice to maintain a balance with an integrated planning scheme for south-east Queensland that moves beyond individual fiefdoms.
The council's decision to push on against the community's wishes with the expansion of the aviation sector around Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola and support for Sekisui House high-rise residential towers at Yaroomba sow the seeds for the built environment to be dominant.
However, being part of a south-east Queensland plan with integrated public transport inclusive of high-speed rail and accessing a wider jobs market has some appeal for many of us.
It is not too late to have a vision that the Sunshine Coast is a part of south-east Queensland with a balanced and integrated approach.
This does not say no to
development and is closed for business but it does mean talking about nature and community being connected and sustained.