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City Council Approves
Second Supermarket
by Cameron Outridge

Caloundra City Council has approved the Cornerstone Properties supermarket application for Bunya St, Maleny.  Cr Pauline Clayton said as the site next to the Maleny Hotel was zoned local business, and the application was Code Assessable, it could not be refused by the council under the existing Transitional Planning Scheme.

It is believed Woolworths have their eyes on moving into a planned two-story, 2000 square metre building with parking under for 131 cars.  Cr Clayton blames Main Roads for allowing the application through saying it missed an important deadline.  However, a frustrated Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male said the ball was squarely in Council’s court.  She said the attack on Main Roads was a smokescreen thrown up by Cr Clayton to shift the blame.

“DMR have assessed the development in accordance with its jurisdiction and provided its comments to Council,’’ she said.  “While it appears that DMR was late in supplying its comments, it was still involved in ongoing discussions with Council, and Council still has the ability to address these concerns through any conditions imposed on the development.”  Meanwhile, Retain Maleny’ Character spokesman Michael Berry said the approval represented a “ludicrous planning decision”.  Cr Clayton said she was extremely disappointed that the State Department of Main Roads did not act on the application within the assessment time limit.  “As a Concurrence Agency it does have the power to not approve an application,” she said.

Cr Clayton said the DMR was “obviously comfortable with the traffic management plan” presented by the developer.  “But let me assure you, the Maleny Community will not be, and I am appaled that the only advice DMR gave the council was to consider requesting a ‘protected right turn treatment to Lawyer St’.”  Cr Clayton said she did not believe DMR considered the full ramifications of the adverse affect of such an increase in traffic just metres from the two-lane bridge over the Obi Obi.  “The council has no provision in its planning to reject an application on a State Government highway on the grounds of an increase in traffic and the adverse affect that might have.

“Basically we were knee-capped, there is no other word for it,” she said.  Code Assessable applications are rarely presented to the council as, by law, councillors cannot refuse the application without facing the risk of personal legal liability.  But at the specific request of Cr Clayton the Cornerstone Holdings application was put before the council along with considerable legal advice.  “Believe me, this council and the council planners have worked through the planning conditions which will be applied to this permit,” Cr Clayton said.  The council in approving the permit, also attached a raft of planning conditions.

 

Hinterlanders urged to join Caloundra Tourism to ensure strong voice for region.

Hinterlanders urged to join Caloundra Tourism to ensure strong voice for region Residents, ratepayers and businesses of the Hinterland have been urged to join Caloundra Tourism Incorporated to help ensure the region gets its fair share of funding and promotion.

Craig Mitchell (Maleny Terrace Seafood Restaurant) and Mr Gill (Art on Cairncross)

“It is paramount that the Hinterland has good representation of both members and board members to ensure the area is not forgotten in the advertising of the region and in the funding of local tourism projects,’’ said local gallery director and board nominee Tony Gill.  “It will cost a little time and a 50c stamp only ... surely worthwhile to have a say where your levy money goes.

“Paying the tourism levy does not give automatic membership.  The rules of incorporation require individual application,’’ said Mr Gill.  It is necessary to have completed and returned the membership form by the close of business on Wednesday February 19.  Forms are available either from the offices of The Range News or the Maleny Newsagency or on the internet at www.caloundratourism.com.au.   Membership is free and will allow you to nominate for the board and /or to vote in the election of the board members.   The first general meeting of Caloundra Tourism will be held on Monday 10th March at Caloundra Civic Centre at 7pm at which the election of the board will take place.   Attendance or vote by proxy only will be accepted.  The board will consist of nine elected members and two council members (to be the Mayor and Deputy Mayor).

Currently there are two nominations of concerned local business owners, Craig Mitchell (Maleny Terrace Seafood Restaurant) and Mr Gill (Art on Cairncross), however further nominations would be appreciated.

If you need more information please contact Leanne Layfield on 5445 2026 or on 0410 538 202.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.