Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ALP Slams Seeney's Decision; Palaszczuk Fears Treatment of Caravan Park Residents

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ALP Slams Seeney's Decision; Palaszczuk Fears Treatment of Caravan Park Residents

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE State Government should immediately rescind the medium residential zoning granted to a Maroochydore cabin and caravan park after Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney overturned departmental advice, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has demanded.

It was revealed on Monday that Mr Seeney ignored the advice of a senior policy advisor when he ordered Sunshine Coast Council to change its planning scheme to medium density residential to benefit private land owner SEQ Properties.

Mr Seeney has defended his decision, saying it was appropriate for the state to intervene when a council's planning decisions remove a land owner's existing property rights.

He said the council's proposed zoning of the community facility would have taken away the rights of the owner to make improvements to the park for the benefit of 243 permanent and semi-permanent residents.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was very concerned about how residents would be impacted given the new zoning allowed the owners to redevelop the land as medium-density units. …

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