The Sunshine Coast needs jobs but not at any cost, State MP Fiona Simpson has stated.
Ms Simpson, in responding to concept plans launched by Palmer Resort owner Clive Palmer, said she was keen to see investment in tourism but touching the dunal system and its vegetation was a “no go”.
She said the current concept plans were “not appropriate” in the current form in this location.
“I note Mr Palmer has said he is keen to receive public feedback and I think that is appropriate. These are not applications before planning or approval authorities – they concept plans,” Ms Simpson said.
“The region’s heart and soul is the celebration and protection of the natural environment.
“We are all custodians of ensuring the natural environment is respected and protected with good stewardship.
Ms Simpson said it was possible to have environmentally sustainable development which grew the economy and looked after the Sunshine Coast’s strategic asset – its natural beauty.
Ms Simpson also ruled out any intrusion being approved into Mt Coolum National Park.
“In respect to the proposed heights of buildings, I would be very surprised if local council would allow any new buildings to over shadow low rise residential in this area.”