Sunshine Coast Daily | 12 May 2014

DEVELOPERS of a proposed residential estate application which has been refused by two Sunshine Coast councils have filed an appeal against the decisions in the Planning and Environment Court.

Northbrook Corp, which wants to develop Noosa On Weyba, lodged its appeal last Wednesday.

The move comes as no surprise to Noosa Council officials or vigorous anti-development exponent Friends of Lake Weyba.

At the time the application was refused by his council, Noosa Mayor Noel Playford said it was likely Northbrook Corp would lodge an appeal.

“But definitive decisions by the Noosa and Maroochy councils strengthened by the Department of Heritage and Environment would make this seem like a waste of rate and taxpayers’ money,” Friends of Lake Weyba president Anita Brake said.

This view was reiterated by Mr Playford who said an ongoing case was waste of ratepayer’s money.

Co-developers Mantle said it “strongly believed” the master-planned community would provide multiple benefits for the Noosa and Sunshine Coast communities.

The property, which sits within both Noosa and Sunshine Coast Council boundaries, was rejected as not meeting either council’s planning schemes.

In a 10-page document which sets out their response to the refusals, the developers claim that with “relevant and reasonable conditions” the project would not be in conflict with either council’s planning schemes.