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Saving public open space on Mooloolaba Spit and protecting it from overdevelopment is vital.
However, the State Labor Government has secretly commissioned a report investigating increasing the height of buildings over council’s town plan limit of a maximum of 8.5m (up to four storeys) and giving land over to private development at the end of the Spit.
The proof of the secret investigation is in the evidence overleaf but still the State Government refuses to release the full report.
People tell me this secrecy worries them and they don’t want increased height limits in this area or residential and commercial accommodation and greater associated traffic congestion. They do want the environment enhanced, critical services protected and greater public open.
That’s what I’m fighting for as well as an end to the secrecy.
The original Mooloolaba Spit Master Plan which was subject to great public input was very clear that there must be more land opened up to public open space, not less, and it never flagged higher height limits or giving land over to commercial development as a trade-off which is why this secret government investigation is so shocking.
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*CURRENT UPDATE – 1 September 2022:
Recent advice I have received about State Government plans is positive about respecting community and stakeholder views, but until all the plans are public and finalised we must remain vigilant.
The “Mooloolaba Marine Operations Base” at the end of the Spit also includes the old Marine Pilot Station. the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advise they have no intentions to dispose of any land from the current base, which is very important.
I am advised that the current roadway that provides access to the water police and other facilities on the seaside of the precinct is not owned by the TMR and has not been included within the concept design plan. I understand this land is under the control of Council.
TMR advise the government plans to demolish and remove the disused contaminated administration building and the unused marine pilot house in preparation for redevelopment of the base. The timing of this work is yet to confirmed. However this is the reason these facilities are not being leased.
The concept design plan is being finalised in consultation with staff from MSQ. However, it is confirmed that MSQ, Queensland Water Police and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) staff (including the shark contractors) will co-locate on the base.
I will continue to seek greater clarity about the timing and design of these works.