IMPRESSION: A vision of the proposed aged care facility.
IMPRESSION: A vision of the proposed aged care facility. Contributed

125-bed retirement village looks like getting the nod

RECOMMENDED approval of a retirement village proposal at odds with the planning scheme is just one of a number of items on a packed August agenda.

Councillors were also set to be advised to refuse development plans for part of the Peregian Springs golf course before developer FKP withdrew their development application.

Regardless, there is still plenty to keep the council busy tomorrow.

A 125-bed aged care facility at Little Mountain will be recommended to the councillors for approval by officers, despite it being at-odds with current planning regulations.

A previous approval for an 81-bed facility was given to the site after 2007 plans for a 135-bed facility were deemed an over-development of the site. 

The proposal recommended for approval sits at 12.5m above natural ground level at its highest point although the site is currently zoned as low density residential with a height limit of 8.5m.

The proposal is being assessed under the old Caloundra City Plan 2004, under which it was given approval for up to a 10.5m high development.

Fourteen properly made submissions opposing the proposal were submitted to the council but officers are set to advise for approval of the Tricare Holdings Pty Ltd development on the basis of an over-riding public benefit due to a shortage of retirement care.

"The hilltop position provides an excellent location in terms of outlook, views and breezes for the aged who are under high care and largely restricted to their rooms," the officer's report reads.

"Most of the impacts of the building can be mitigated by the conditions of approval, particularly as they relate to the amenity of surrounding residences.

"While the height of the building is about two metres higher than previously approved, and the building is much bulkier, the building is an attractive design with high quality landscaping."

The officers' assessment of the proposal found there was potential for some impact on neighbouring residences through overlook and shadowing and the proposed development would be "highly visible" on the western approach to Caloundra but that appears not enough to outweigh the "significant" community benefit of the proposal which carried an estimated $520,000 worth of infrastructure charges.

Sports facility to kick a goal?

Meanwhile plans for a world-class, high-performance sports facility at Lake Kawana look likely to move a step ahead.


VISION: An idea of the proposed new sporting hub.
VISION: An idea of the proposed new sporting hub. Contributed

In what would be the latest installation in the Kawana Sports Precinct near Sportsmans Pde and Main Dr, developers Stockland are seeking approval of its master plan for the Sports House.

The development will be recommended by officers to the councillors for approval with conditions, among which a requirement that if the development was to be staged, any function room or restaurant components must remain ancillary to sports-related aspects.

The initial proposal for staging included a licensed venue to be built as stage one, although three surrounding sporting clubs have indicated they would use such a facility for "genuine sporting facilities".

Happy days for history fans:

History buffs will be encouraged if councillors follow the advice given to endorse the Draft Nambour to Coolum Strategic Trail to kick-start community comment on a proposal to link the area's heritage and public sites in a designated trail rolled out over the next 20-30 years.

Pooch owners be prepared:


angry dog with bared teeth
INSPECTION TIME: Regulated dog inspection times look like being locked in. ZELENENKYY YURIY

Regulated dog owners take note, you're a chance of being on the clock to make sure your property is up to scratch if councillors agree to support the recommendation to roll out the region's compliance audit of properties that are home to regulated dogs.

If agreed to it looks like the inspections will run from October 10 to December 16.

Eyes on crime:

Speaking of regulation, the North Shore Community Centre are also looking to keep an eye on things so to speak.

Its application for closed circuit television will be recommended for approval after 19 reported incidents over the past four years at the facility.

If the recommendations are approved as-is, the community centre will be responsible for all capital and ongoing costs of the CCTV and will have to provide detailed operating procedures for the technology with access to footage to be strictly limited.

Touch footy time:

A sponsorship approval could also be forthcoming for international, Trans-Tasman footy to be played on the Coast.

Touch football that is. With officers recommending approval of the council's sponsorship of the 2017 and 2021 Super Trans-Tasman Series which could see up to 45 teams arrive at our region for next year's edition.


The 2012 MX Nationals will roar into life at the picturesque Green Park Conondale Motocross Circuit on Sunday 1st April.
REVVED UP: Green Park plays host to plenty of motocross action.

Conondale controversy to kick off again?

Conondale controversy could reign again with the Conondale Memorial Recreation Park Draft Master Plan 2016-2031 recommended for approval to go out to community consultation.

That process could see some colour from the locals with corners of the Conondale community extremely vocal over what they believe should happen with the park.


A motocross event was held at Conondale's Green Park over the long weekend. Photo Jessica McKenzie / Range News
IN SPOTLIGHT: Conondale's Green Park will be up for discussion if officer recommendations are followed. Jessica Mckenzie