Sunday, November 23, 2014

CARA – Caring for Cooroy and District

Public meeting on proposed Cooroy Highway Service Centre

Wednesday, 10 December, 7 pm, Cooroy Memorial Hall

To help the community understand the reasons behind the application to rezone the land known as 125 Myall Street, the applicant Peter Zipf has agreed to address a town meeting to explain the proposal more fully and answer questions.

The moderator
Allan Bonsall will chair and moderate the meeting and make sure that debate and questions on the application are presented to the guest speaker in a clear and logical manner based on the complexities of state and local government responsibilities in the decision-making process.

This meeting will not replace the public consultation phase of the application that begins once the DA signs appear on the property, rather it is a form of public engagement in the planning process that provides the applicant a chance to present his plans, council an opportunity to gauge public sentiment, and residents a better say in the planning process.

Application lodged for Myall Street Highway Service Centre

This proposal seeks a major change in the local planning scheme (currently it is zoned rural) to develop land that runs from the corner of Myall Street and Ferrells Road, along the southern side of Myall Street (opposite the golf course) to the new Bruce Highway roadworks. The application, posted on the Noosa Council website HERE, is for a mixed use development comprised of tourist accommodation (including site manager, amenities building, 10 cabins and 27 van parks), a combined 24-7 service station and fast food outlet, including drive-through, a retail food store, self-storage units, and a four-bay manual carwash.

Servo2airplanAs part of the application, a detailed town planning report has been commissioned by the developer and is available as a PDF download HERE. Architectural drawing and sites plans can be downloaded HERE. Stage One of the proposal includes the service station, food shop, take-away outlet, and the tourist park. Stage Two is the carwash, and Stage Three is the self-storage sheds. An economic assessment of the effects on Cooroy’s current retail mix has been presented to Council as part of the application. You can view it HERE.

Noosa Council’s has begun its assessment of this application and are looking at the economic impacts, traffic flows, acoustic issues with nearby residential areas, waste management, and whether the proposed tourist park, car wash and self-storage operations are best sited here. The initial information request by Council can be found HERE. The community will have a chance to comment on the application and CARA has invited the developer to address a General Meeting about the proposal and answer questions from residents and others interested.

Where to for the Cooroy Butter Factory?

_MG_2557Over the next few months Noosa Council wants to explore a range of options for the Butter Factory’s future so they can develop a new direction that meets hinterland needs, is actively supported by the community and is more viable. Council has called on the public for input HERE.

The first major proposal by Bruce Cresswell and Jeanette Alfredson seeks to continue the interest and passion of current users in the future of Cooroy Butter Factory. A component of the solution is to build an Interpretation Centre that will attract tourism to the hinterland as well as the greater Noosa Shire by building on Noosa’s reputation as a tourist destination. You can read their proposal HERE and download the detailed version HERE.


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CARA exists to provide a forum for community information and discussion on matters affecting the residents of Cooroy and district.

A Queensland Health Report found that, “People who actively participate in their community and have strong and supportive family, cultural and community relationships have better health than people who are socially isolated.”

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