For some of us who have lived on the estate for many years, the ‘original’ Lensworth Land Sales Office was not much more than a tin shed on a block of land near the corner of Galway St and Shannon Cres. Prospective home owners would park their car in the bluemetal carpark and enter the office to speak with Lensworth’s sales people.
As the estate developed and after the lakes were built, the Land sales Office was moved to the impressive building (valued in excess of $1M) beside the lake. The building is currently owned by Stockland. Stockland also own the land nearby which includes the carpark area, some of the area around the Land Sales Office and the tennis court. Stockland also own the strip of land just to the south of the carpark between the edge of the tennis court and Lomond Cres. The new toilet block however does sit on a small island of SCRC controlled land.
BeCA’s desire to give the park area an ‘official’ name has been stymied by Stockland’s ownership of the land. It has long been BeCA’s desire to name the park Canavan/Gracie Park in remembrance of the the two Sunshine Coast identities who were tragically killed in a plane accident in Papua New Guinea in August 2009. BeCA’s request to the SCRC to rename the park was unable to proceed because of Stockland’s land ownership of some of the area to be renamed.
As Stockland has sought to develop Bells Reach and eventually Caloundra South, they are required to provide public facilities and amenities. BeCA has been informed by local Stockland administrators that it is Stockland’s intention to gift the current Land Sales Office and surrounding land and facilities to SCRC as a Community facility in lieu of a requirement to provide a facility in the new Bells Reach development.
BeCA enjoys a close relationship with Stockland’s local administrators. We work well together in keeping the community informed on developments as well as providing feedback to Stockland on issues arising.
However it is not the local Stockland administrators who will make the final decision on the future of Land Sales Office. The decision will eventually be made by the central Stockland Administrators who may not be as sympathetic to the needs of this community but have a closer eye on the real value of the facility.
Some residents at Bellcarra Retirement Resort (also now owned by Stockland) have been burnt by decisions made by Stockland’s Central Administrators. When buying their units they were assured by local Stockland representatives that their properties would always be backing onto a parkland. Since then the official Stockland position has been changed by central administrators, the block of land (see the pic) has been sold to a developer who plans to build 2 storey units on the block. Instead of backing onto a lovely open parkland, these Bellcarra residents will now have neighbours overlooking their properties right into their backyards.
This will not be any advantage to them in a resale situation! They will have lost money and peace of mind because of decision over ruled by Stockland’s Central Administrators.
This previous sort of behaviour ensures BeCA remains sceptical of Stockland’s declared intentions until the old Land Sales Office and surrounding land has been passed on to the SCRC.
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