A COUPLE of weeks ago I was walking back from a surf carnival in Mooloolaba in a fairly positive mood when I nearly walked smack bang into a pop-up tent in the park where a group of people were asking passersby to sign a petition of support to stop the approval and subsequent building of Aria, across the road from Mooloolaba Surf Club.
My understanding is the developer wants approval for an extra three storeys if they build a five-star hotel and from what I can gather the council is making positive noises about that and some other amendments to the current town plan as well.
Now, I know a few developers on the Coast and the blokes behind this development are mates of mine. But that has no impact on what I'm about to say.
If I didn't agree with them, I'd be the first to say it - and they know that.
After I stumbled past the protest I did notice one or two of their petition signs - "Shadows on the beach” and "We don't need another five-star hotel”.
It took me a few minutes to digest this so by the time I reached the sanctity of the Alex Bluff there were two things that sprung to mind.
Firstly, where is the other five-star hotel?
Are they saying Sekisui is suddenly going to be approved or, in reality, if we want five-star we have to head north to Noosa?
Shadows on the beach? If you want to cause concern, that is a pretty good headline.
My first thoughts were along the lines of "well, we are supposed to be sun smart so the only ones that really should be concerned are sunscreen suppliers”.
Seriously though, I looked into a bit, asked what aspect the building is on and find it is north-facing, which would make it hard to throw a shadow east.
I actually heard a story about a high-profile architect who walked past the objector's tent and basically told them that they wouldn't have to worry about the shadows on the beach because if they were there we would all be dead as the world would be off its axis?
This is only my opinion but I would love to see a quality five-star hotel at this end of the Coast as it is something that is needed badly.
Sure, the plan has to be amended and every NIMBY will be banging on about that but times change and they change quite quickly.
Imagine if our military stuck with the same plan. Isn't their motto "adapt and overcome”?
This is a perfect example of that. If the military didn't adapt they would still be marching across fields of fire in one line getting massacred at will.
If the Sunshine Coast continues to pander to those who want to lock the door and switch they light out, eventually our tourist operators will feel like the soldiers marching across the field.
It won't be pretty.
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