Secrecy still abounds over State Labor Government plans for Mooloolaba Spit.
Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has questioned the State Transport Minister, asking him to rule out more high rise on the Spit and to outline the plans to redevelop the marine services at the end of Mooloolaba Spit.
These are just two of the questions Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has demanded a response to from Transport and Main Roads Minister in Parliament this week, following information that the Government was investigating a high-rise redevelopment plan for the marine precinct at the end of Mooloolaba Spit.
Ms Simpson has called on the State Labor Government to come clean over these plans and rule out high rise on the site. The Minister can answer at any time but must respond to the Parliament by 6th January 2020.
She has asked for the public, including local residents and business owners, to be advised about any plans to redevelop the site at the end of Parkyn Parade which is currently home to the Water Police, Marine Pilots, Maritime Safety Queensland and Boat Harbour Controllers.
Ms Simpson has also asked the Minister what plans are in place to move the Boating and Fisheries Patrol buildings to the marine services site at the end of the Spit, as recommended in the Mooloolaba Spit Futures Plan in 2009.
“I’m concerned that there has been no public consultation on any plans for commercial high-rise accommodation in this area and I believe this would be completely unacceptable to most people,” Ms Simpson said.
“High rise should be ruled out at this precious site near the river mouth and it should instead be opened up to provide more public access, while also keeping these vital emergency and marine services located here.
“The current planning scheme allows for a development up to four storeys, but even this would cause more traffic congestion in an already busy area.
“Local residents and business owner are concerned about what the State Government may be planning for this strategic location at the mouth of the Mooloolah River.
“I want there to be open and transparent discussions about this, with input invited from local residents and business owners to ensure any work is appropriate and in keeping with this area.”
Ms Simpson said she was keen to see the old redundant buildings removed and others consolidated with existing marine services maintained as well as an opening up of more public open space where appropriate.
Ms Simpson has launched an e-petition and is encouraging people to join her campaign to protect Mooloolaba Spit. To sign up go to www.savemooloolabaspit.com.au