The following two articles are copied directly from the Sunshine Coast Daily website.
The two articles appear below:
Mega-city plan obsolete: ULDA
Bill Hoffman | 1st April 2011
THE State Government has reconfirmed its 2010 commitment that a minimum of 30% of all dwellings built within the Caloundra South Urban Development area would be affordable to purchase or rent by households on the median household income for the former Caloundra local government area.
But last night those targets were described as obsolete by ULDA CEO Paul Eagles.
Mr Eagles said the targets informed the interim land use plan which had been revisited following a public meeting and questions put by community organisation OSCAR at the University of the Sunshine Coast last December.
He said only 25% of housing would be affordable for key workers and first-home buyers.
Earlier in the day, in response to a series of questions put by the Daily to the office of Deputy Premier and new Infrastructure and Planning Minister Paul Lucas, it was confirmed the commitment made by Stirling Hinchliffe on October 26, 2010, would stand.
The government’s commitment also included a target of 5% of housing across the development being affordable to people on 80% of the median household income for the Caloundra local government area.
Mr Eagles insisted last night the figures in the draft development scheme were those that applied.
The draft development scheme has come under immediate criticism from Sunshine Coast council.
Strategy and Planning portfolio head Russell Green said the release of the draft raised more questions than it answered.
“This is the mother of all motherhood statements. It has plenty of style but very little substance,” he said.
“It says an infrastructure agreement would be nice, but locking-in roads, parks and community centres is a necessity.”
Caloundra mega shops plan worry
Owen Jacques | 1st April 2011
WHAT will a development designed to hold 50,000 people mean for our businesses?
Following the startling revelations on the scale of Caloundra South, the Daily sought three firms in three areas and asked, “What does it mean to you?”
Michael Williams heads building firm Carma Building Group and works as an architect. He has offices in Wurtulla and Noosaville.
He said the astonishing scale of the plan would “absolutely definitely” be a good thing for businesses on the Coast, including his.
Mr Williams quipped that the 20,000 homes slated “won’t design themselves”.
June Lewis has run MD Makeovers on Bulcock Street for seven years – a growing beauty salon and anti-aging clinic.
Ms Lewis said she was not too well versed on Caloundra South, but was a little concerned.
Her worry centred on the plan for a retail area larger than the Sunshine Plaza to be built in the centre of the new city.
“Why are we building more shops?” she said.
“Caloundra shopfronts aren’t full at the moment. We have vacant offices.”
In Maroochydore, Carmel Sayner manages Rexel Electrical, a wholesale electrics provider.
The international group supplies electricians with the wares they need to do repairs or installations.
Ms Sayner said Caloundra South would be great for business.
“It would definitely increase,” she said.
The latest documents from the State Government outline a plan to have the first 1300 homes built within four years.
Caloundra South is expected to take up to 40 years to complete.