- Thursday 28 June 2012
Sunshine Coast Council has approved an application for a material change of use to establish an international level water ski park at Quanda Lake, Coolum Beach.
The development is proposed for an old sand quarry that is no longer operating, and which was handed over to council in 2009.
Division 9 Councillor, Stephen Robinson said the approval, with conditions, is another step in a process which could see the Sunshine Coast become home to a facility that is capable of hosting local, national and international ski events.
"Once completed, the park will become a multipurpose training academy and ski club venue, that is open to the community," Cr Robinson said.
"Today’s decision is another step forward in council’s commitment to making decisions that provide long-term, sustainable benefits to our local economy."
The facility will be designed to cater for both novice and professional skiers and will be developed in three stages. Once completed, it would be open to the general public seven days a week from 6.30am to 7pm for recreation use. The proposal includes a clubhouse, public shelter and a network of paths. It will be available, by arrangement, for use by school groups, and other clubs and associations.
The process to develop the site started with a publicly advertised call for tenders that saw Oz Ski selected to enter into an agreement with council to lease the site and establish a water ski park, subject to a range of conditions.
"Those conditions included the need to lodge a development application to change the use of the site to Outdoor Recreation," Cr Robinson said.
"The application lodged in March this year and publicly advertised, received 337 submissions from the community with 319 supportive of the proposal and 18 submissions lodging an objection to it.
"I believe the outcome we are achieving for this site – a site that is now literally a water filled hole in the ground after being mined for many years – is a good one for this community.
"Once the process is completed, we have the potential of seeing a facility that not only provides jobs by supporting tourism and local business, including accommodation providers, restaurants and retailers, but also adds significantly to our sports industry sector."
To find out more about development applications visit PD Online via council’s website.