MP Peter Wellington.
MP Peter Wellington. Cade Mooney

Wellington takes aim over Halls Creek development

THE current LNP Government and the former Labor regime have been influenced by a development company to the detriment of the Sunshine Coast, independent Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington has told State Parliament.

Speaking on the Sustainable Planning, Infrastructure Charges and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, Mr Wellington said it needed to be ensured that the bill's passing did not mean ratepayers would be required to subsidise development costs.

He said it was important that developers paid their own way and ratepayers did not pick up the tab.

"Let us look at Caloundra South," Mr Wellington said.

"For over two years the council, the State Government and Stockland have been in discussions, trying to make sure that future ratepayers will not pick up over a $500 million shortfall in infrastructure charges. We need to ensure that that does not happen."

Mr Wellington said Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney was trying to put pressure on Sunshine Coast Council to approve development at Halls Creek - south of the 50,000 Caloundra South development.

"That is what our Deputy Premier wants to do,'' he said. "He wants to have this 1400ha included in the council's planning scheme and identified as a 'future urban investigation area'.

"One has to ask the question: why isn't the Deputy Premier as passionate about making sure development happens along our railway corridor as he is about supporting Stockland and its influence?

"We all know the influence that it has. We have seen it happen in the past. I am certainly aware of its influence at the moment."

Mr Wellington urged the government to say that Pumicestone Passage needed to be protected. He said the inter-urban break separating the Coast from Brisbane had to be protected.

"We should not be bowing to the whim of the powerful big end of town simply so that this land can be identified for a future urban investigation area,'' Mr Wellington said. "The development should be happening along our railway corridor. Maybe this is one reason why the State Government does not want to know about it. It just makes a lot of noise."

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