Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Council, Developers Set to Hit It Big after Downturn

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Council, Developers Set to Hit It Big after Downturn

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WITH developers land-banking when house prices are low and building when markets pick up, we see the rise and rise of many multi-residential units, where previously stood individual houses on generous blocks in our coastal areas.

This is a winner for councils with vested interests, who continually allow such multi-storey developments, for increased rates revenue, without corresponding improvement in road infrastructure.

Many coastal areas have limitations to where new roads can be constructed, but the expansion continues unabated. While the Sunshine Coast's population continues to expand and high-rises continue to attract investment and retirees look for a sea change, councils will continue to allow such expansion, with little or no improvement in our roads, highways and motorways.

More people in the same space is a tragedy waiting to happen. Limiting multi-storey constructions in direct proportion to what our roads and water supply can handle is the ethical way to protect our population in the long term.

But who are we to stop progress? We are subject to councils and governments which dictate the terms in their best interests.

Surely there must be some level of duty of care for ratepayers and residents forced to live in over-crowded communities, sharing the same historic infrastructure, with millions more intending to relocate?

E. ROWE

Marcoola

Thanks, Ian Kerr

I FEEL it timely to say a huge thank you publicly to a very special person who has been featured in the paper this week.

I have had the privilege of working alongside Ian Kerr from the very popular Woombye School for some years. I am proud to know Ian and his lovely wife Elizabeth and to have benefited from their friendship and support with many of the promotions we have here in Woombye.

I am sure both will continue to make their presence felt.

On behalf of the directors of the Community Bank and all the students, teachers and parents past and present, thank you for all you have done.

LES HADLOW

Woombye Community Bank

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