Monthly Council meetings ‘wrap up’
  • Thursday 21 August 2008

Peregian Beach Caravan Park redevelopment
Councillors approved a recommendation to refuse an application to redevelop the Peregian Beach Caravan park site. The refusal was given for a range of reason including size of the proposed development, impacts on traffic and the need to retain low cost visitor accommodation in the area.

Noosa Civic Stage 2
An application from Stockwell Building and Development to start stage 2 of the Noosa Civic business centre was approved by Council. The application is for four, two story commercial office buildings with a gross floor area of 7,701m² and a basement carpark.

Maleny Community Precinct Master Plan
The Maleny Community Precinct is back on the agenda with Councillors approving a recommendation to start work on the master plan for the precinct. The establishment of a community working group, which will include both Councillor Jenny McKay and Anna Grosskreutz as representatives, was also approved. The group will have input into the master planning process.

Housing affordability taskforce selected
A list of 18 community and industry nominations for the Sunshine Coast Council Housing Affordability Taskforce was endorsed by Council. The taskforce will assist Council in considering housing affordability issues on the Coast including crisis accommodation, social housing and housing affordability. Councillors Anna Grosskreutz and Vivien Griffin are Council’s representatives on the taskforce.

Tourism industry recommendations approved
Council today approved recommendations from the Sunshine Coast Tourism Partnership (Caloundra Tourism, Maroochy Tourism Industry Advisory Board, Noosa Tourism and Tourism Sunshine Coast) requesting the CEO, John Knaggs proceed in consultation with industry to -

  • create an incorporated Local Tourism Organisation for the central area of the Sunshine Coast to formally commence no later than 1 July 2009
  • consult with stakeholders and report on a best practice model for a regional Major Events Advisory Board
  • review the existing tourism and economic development levies, reporting findings back to Council for consideration during the 09/10 budget process.

The Maroochy Tourism Advisory Board will continue to operate in caretaker mode until these changes are in place.

Coastal Bikeway Path at the Hyatt Coolum realigned
Council today supported a recommendation for the realignment of the Coastal Bike Path to the Tanah Street East / David Low Way / Warragah Parade route, authorising the CEO, John Knaggs to commence negotiations with Lend Lease with a view to achieve this. The proposed new alignment will preserve the fragile parabolic dune area.

Camel future on hold
A decision on the future of Noosa North Shore tourist operator, The Camel Company Australia, was deferred after an email to the Chief Executive Officer requested the decision be put on hold until more information could be presented to Council. Council has quarry on Teewah Beach Road available to the Camel Company as an interim arrangement to allow the operator time to apply for a permit. The company has since applied for a permit for the animals to remain at the Teerwah Beach Road site which is within the Community Services zoning of the Noosa Plan and not intended for animal husbandry. The permit was recommended for refusal until the last minute email.

Council agreed to defer its decision on the Camel Company’s future until the next Ordinary Meeting so that it can consider the new information at its Strategy and Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 3 September.

The minutes for the entire Ordinary Meeting will be available shortly on Council's website.