Who should pay the $560m?
NEGOTIATIONS to resolve a $560 million dispute over the provision of infrastructure to service the massive Caloundra South development have stalled.
It is understood any decision about how much of the bill will be picked up by Sunshine Coast ratepayers will now not be made until after State Government election, due in March next year.
The council and the government have claimed discussions are continuing but neither will say when the last meeting was held or when the next is scheduled.
Deputy mayor Chris Thompson last week gave a more candid insight into the state of affairs, declaring that negotiations had stalled and the council sidelined.
READ MORE ON THIS HERE: Newman put on spot over Caloundra South project
That view was at odds with a council media statement attributed to Cr Thompson that claimed talks were continuing.
Sources say there have been no discussions for four months and none are likely before the election. It is further understood that a third party brought in by the government to analyse council's assessment has walked away from the process.
This week, the council ignored questions about whether it had shifted from its 2012 assessment that the shortfall could add 4.5-9% annually to rate notices for 30 years or that, alternatively, a benefited area levy of $940 to $1480 may need to be charged against Caloundra South residents for up to 49 years.
It also ignored questions about its schedule of meetings on the issue.
Instead, it said: "Council remains committed to achieving the best outcome for ratepayers and negotiations are continuing."
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has also claimed negotiations are on track while failing to provide detail of when the last meeting was held and the next will be.
"Stockland, the Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government have made good progress towards reaching agreement on both the internal and external infrastructure to support Caloundra South," he said.
Ian Christesen, a spokesman for peak residents' organisation OSCAR, said the council's responses were totally inadequate.
"The Deputy Premier approved Caloundra South in June 2012, over two years ago, and still the matter is hanging over ratepayers' heads,'' he said.