Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sunshine Coast Councillors Share Their Thoughts on Sekisui Report

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sunshine Coast Councillors Share Their Thoughts on Sekisui Report

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Byline: SCOTT SAWYER & BILL HOFFMAN

DIVISION Nine Cr Steve Robinson praised the work of the council officers in simplifying what he said was an intricate, multifaceted matter.

"The thing that strikes me is that it's a very complex matter and I think they've simplified it down to a pretty good read," Cr Robinson said.

"I think the community will find the overarching report very easy to read."

Cr Robinson said he would enter the debate with an open mind, but would be putting a lot of weight on the report when forming his decision.

Cr Tim Dwyer

My position will be clear on Monday. I won't flag a decision before then.

I hold a particular view that the Sunshine Coast is a community of communities.

I will look at the proposed amendment to see how the Sekisui House proposal stacks up with the elements and characteristics of the communities that make up the Coast as a whole.

Our differences are our strengths.

We need to find a balance between the economy and what makes community and builds pride in community.

Cr Chris Thompson

I have been voicing my concerns since this project was first announced. I have always thought it was in the wrong spot.

I support the local community in what it wants to see developed.

I have never been on the fence on this issue.

Cr Greg Rogerson

This is a very professional report from council officers and I will give it a lot of credence.

Sekisui House paid $96m for the land. It is not our problem they paid that much and it is not our responsibility to make it viable.

With Sekisui House they have a four-storey development approval with 34% site coverage. At 10-storeys it would be 16%.

What could we do not to get 34% coverage? Could we got to six or one at eight.

Sekisui House now wants to keep the door open.

If they could have done better they should have in the first place.

He said he would also not be swayed by weight of emails he received.

"I love to hear passionate people,'' Cr Rogerson said. …

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