Last evening (Thursday July 3rd) BeCA representatives attended The Halls Creek Community Forum held at the CCSA Hall, 2 Nutley St, Caloundra, from 7-10pm.
Halls Creek and Beerwah East are just two sites currently under investigation for possible future residential development after 2031. At this stage they are just suggested sites and there may well be further sites advocated for inclusion in a State Governments ‘urban’ footprint for future residential growth for South East Queensland.
The meeting was hosted by members of the Sunshine Coast Environmental Group. Speakers included local MP’s Mark McArdle and Andrew Powell, Mayor Jamieson, Stockland, environmental scientists and planning experts. Some would describe it as a talk fest.
There will be a range of meetings and opportunities coming up for residents to learn more about the two proposals currently ‘on the table’. As MP Mark McArdle and Mayor Jamieson are attending our September 1st BeCA Public Meeting, it would be expected this issue will be their major topic of conversation. The September BeCA Public Meeting meeting begins at 6:00pm rather than the usual 6:45pm at Mayor Jamieson’s request.
In essence the Beerwah East proposal is better situated as it is closer to the rail corridor, is therefore much better served by public transport and is further away from the sensitive Pumicestone Passage. However much of the proposed site is under a 99 year forestry lease to Hancock’s which provides employment for many locals. The State Government would need to ‘buy’ its way out of this lease with Hancock’s in an extremely strong position for a financial windfall. It would need to be compensated for almost 99 years of pine plantation growth over an extensive area.
If the lease was bought out, here would be a strong possibility that Hancock’s would then pull out of the Beerwah area as the selling of the lease would make their other Beerwah based forestry industries economically unviable.
The Halls Creek proposal is less well served by public transport but the land is currently cleared and ready to go. The area is owned by Stockland but it is closer to the sensitive Pumicestone Passage (1.6 km at its nearest point). Stockland have outlined the Halls Creek proposal on its Halls Creek website here. Stockland have plans in place to address environmental and transport issues.
You can download/open a pdf map of the two proposed possible development areas here. Note the proposed residential developments for both Beerwah East and Halls Creek utilize only a part/section of the designated areas, not the total space indicated in the map.
A ‘Virtual Tour” of the Halls Creek site can be made via the link to Stockland’s Halls Creek website.
On another note, two other extremely important facts came out of the meeting for Bellvista/Bells Reach residents. MP Mark McArdle believes the solution to both the short term and long term Helicopter Satellite Training Facility issue is but one ticked box away from becoming a reality. This is a marvellous news for all communities surrounding Caloundra Aerodrome.
When pushed on the future of the Camcos transportation corridor from Beerwah to the Sunshine Coast, MP Andrew Powell stated his immediate aim was the duplication of the train line from Beerwah to Landsborough. The next stage was the further duplication from Landsborough to Nambour. Planning and proposed dates are already in the pipeline.
The third issue was the extension of the train line from from Beerwah to the Sunshine Coast which was proposed to be completed by 2031 by the former Government. MP Andrew Powell expects this to occur well before 2031 with current planning. The development of Caloundra South may encourage any state government to bring this date even further forward as population growth demands a more effective public transport service.
One can only hope!