A property developer who bought 15-hectares of agricultural land in 2004 abandoned plans to construct a tourist park on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. a report said.
SEQ Investment Group wanted to construct 165 unpowered and powered camping sites, 41 cabins and 23 glamping tents in Yandina, which would have cost $5 million.
It has now withdrawn its appeal against the Sunshine Coast Council’s rejection of the Koongalba Rural Retreat Tourist Park.
William Hu, director of SEQ, was philosophical.
He told a local report that the Sunshine Coast was too difficult. “The Sunshine Coast council has most of the caravan parks, so it is impossible to compete with them.”
According to the company, it doesn’t currently have plans for the agricultural land zoned as sustainable-cane lands that it purchased for $450,000 17 year ago.
In September 2020, the council rejected the original application. They claimed that the development would cause a fragmentation of high quality agricultural land and was incompatible with planning codes.
Yandina and District Community Association also opposed the project. Peter Baulch (Vice-President of the organization) said members had never considered the area suitable.
He stated that the Council represented a larger public interest than just the Yandina community, but he was happy to show solidarity with it and to “have the chance to express our doubts about the viability the site’s ostensible purpose of a tourist park.”
Yandina, a small historical town in the country, is located just a few kilometers from the Bruce Highway. It is a grey nomad-friendly place.