United and still fighting Sekisui!
The marathon just keeps going but we stand united and committed to protecting our rights and standard of living for us and future generations.
The legal precedent set by Council’s approval is that anyone on the Sunshine Coast living in a low key residential area with a maximum building height of 8.5m (2-3 storeys) can have a 25m high (7-storey) apartment block built next door. This is too important NOT to fight!
Council’s decision (Councillor vote of six to five) to approve this intensive residential and hotel development, contrary to the Planning Scheme, is NOT a ‘done deal’. We need your ongoing help and support.
We have three very committed and enthusiastic organisations and their members working closely together in the Sekisui Appeal. The story so far:-
- Due to the massive nature of this appeal, there are three official organisations involved in fighting Sekisui House’s Yaroomba Beach development:
- Development Watch Inc(DW)is responsible for leading the Appeal against Council’s decision on the grounds of town planning, visual amenity and economic need ;
- Sunshine Coast Environment Council Inc(SCEC), the region’s peak environmental advocacy group, is the Second Appellent in the case and is particularly fighting the threats the proposed development poses to our fragile endangered turtle population on Yaroomba Beach; and
- Friends of Yaroomba Inc, (FOY) the Yaroomba-based community group, which with its subsidiary “Save Yaroomba” has joined with DW and SCEC to raise funds to pay the considerable court costs being incurred.
- All three organisations are fundraising for the Appeal, either requesting donations directly, or through fundraising events, merchandise sales and other activities. A donation to any of these is a donation to the Court Appeal. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, contact SCEC on 5441 5747 for details.
- There have been two Court appearances and the Appeal hearing may be held in September this year, much sooner than anticipated.
- DW has engaged specialist planning solicitors and four expert witnesses in the fields listed above. Their first joint conferences have been held and joint reports are being prepared for the Court, so we’re well underway. DW has also engaged a senior barrister and is engaging a junior barrister with planning experience to assist. With this strong team we believe we can win this Appeal.
The way you can help
- Justice for the community is very expensive. We have raised solid funds through the continued generosity of our supporters. But as you can imagine with the complexity of the case and the quality team above, we need significantly more. If everyone who is concerned about this outrageous development and the legal precedent it sets gave $50 or $100 (the price of a family takeaway or a dinner for two), we would have sufficient funds to win this case. Some people may be able to give more, others less– but any donation is welcome and appreciated! Every dollar raised will go to the Appeal.
- If you do support the Appeal or have concerns about other development issues, please also consider joining DW. We need to be able to demonstrate community support when we advocate, and authorities usually gauge that by the number of members. Membership still only costs $10. Membership fees or donations can be deposited directly in DW’s bank account (Development Watch Inc, Bank of Queensland, BSB 124-079, Acc. 2281 0131,with Surname as reference for membership). Note these funds are not tax-deductible.
We stand united and still fighting
Thanks for your continued interest and support in this controversial matter. A lot is at stake here for the whole Sunshine Coast community. The outcome of the appeal will set the agenda for future generations. The Sunshine Coast is worth protecting. But we need you to help protect it from becoming an urban concrete sprawl without a community heart.
There is just too much for us to lose.
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Below are some photos of protests against Sekisui attempting to amend our Planning Scheme in 2014/2015. What do you think the message was to Sekisui last time round?