Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caloundra South Gets Green Light

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caloundra South Gets Green Light

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SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Caloundra South is to become a master-planned community about the same size as Bundaberg.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

THE 2310ha master-planned community at Caloundra South has been given the green light. This will allow Stockland to go ahead with the development, estimated to create 20,000 jobs and house 50,000 people.

The Federal Government approved Stocklandas final public environment report for Caloundra South on June 6. The report covers key social and environmental considerations for the project.

The report is the result of more than three years research and consultation with environmental and community groups, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and residents.

Stockland general manager residential Queensland, Kingsley Andrew, said achieving federal approval was a significant milestone for a project that would create jobs and encourage investment on the Sunshine Coast.

aWe have worked closely with the community throughout the three-year report consultation process,a he said. aIn response, weave included additional conservation land for habitat protection and creation, and expanded plans to undertake substantial revegetation of waterways.

aWe now have plans in place for the most rigorous stormwater treatment and monitoring, sediment management and overall environmental accountability processes of any comparable residential project ever undertaken in Australia.

aWe are committed to working with the local community in the years to come to deliver on our clear plan for this project that demonstrates responsible, long-term environmental stewardship.aa

The original master plan for Caloundra South, approved by the Queensland Government in June 2012, included several important environmental considerations, including:

acents establishment of a 460ha environmental protection zone;

acents 135ha of additional conservation land;

acents restoration of riparian corridors, construction of fauna crossings at major road corridors; and

acents contribution towards the development of an environmental education centre. …

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