Proposed Coolum Development To Return 375 Hectares to Public Open Space
“CPG has a proud record of delivering sustainable, ecological developments and our investment with the World Surf League at Coolum West is no different,” CPG’s CEO Don O’Rorke said.
“Our Casuarina project in northern New South Wales is the most comparable project and an excellent example of how developer and environmental groups can work together to achieve fantastic environmental outcomes. For example, on the Casuarina project, we engaged with local environmental groups to allow them to shape the restoration and revegetation outcomes.
“Our plan is to return approximately 75% or 375 hectares of the Coolum site back into public ownership for public use by delivering on the objectives of Sunshine Coast Council’s Blue Heart initiative through the dedication of untouched wetlands, regenerated green open space and public waterways. This will include the provision of parklands and open space for the community, high value ecotourism and attracting more visitors to the region. But we’re keen to work the detail through with the community.
“We will be meeting with environmental groups and other sustainability experts over the coming weeks to ensure the site is treated in a way that takes into account local feedback and improves environmental outcomes.”
As partof the Surf Ranch proposition, CPG has engaged Dr. Trevor Johnson, one of Australia’s leading hydraulic engineers, to provide expertise and advice as to how any potential flood issues arising out of the development can be mitigated, acid sulfate soils treated and water quality improved across the whole site.
“I have worked with CPG on several coastal developments over the past 20 years, providing advice on how environmental impacts can be mitigated,” Dr. Johnson said.
“These projects have successfully balanced development outcomes with environmental sustainability, to produce highly liveable spaces.In terms of impacts from this development, I believe that suitable flooding and environmental solutions can be achieved on the Coolum Lakes site if the following occurs:
- Development is limited to no more than 25% of the total site, thereby reducing loss of floodplain storage and allowing mitigation of flooding impacts for all storm events including the 1 in 100 year event;
- Acid sulfate soils are managed and treated on site in accordance with proven engineering practice; and
- Water quality is improved through the restoration of degraded adjacent wetlands and Coolum Creek,” Dr. Johnson confirmed.
“We will be adopting all of Dr. Johnson’s recommendations for managing impacts to the site as outlined above,” CPG confirmed.
“CPG takes its responsibilities regarding sustainable and environmentally sound development very seriously. While there is a small proportion of the site that will be developed to make the overall project commercially viable, the remaining 375 hectares will be returned for public use and public benefit,” Mr O’Rorke said.
“One of the main reasons we were attracted to this Coolum site was the opportunity to partner with Consolidated Properties and their genuine commitment to sustainable development,” said WSL Asia Pacific General Manager Andrew Stark. “The Coolum site also allows for us to create a positive environmental outcome that provides a win for the region and the environment alike. This is especially evident via our ‘75% of land returned to the community’ and the new Environmental Wetlands Education Centre to name a few.
“WSL has a clearly demonstrated focus and commitment to the environment that was heightened earlier this year when WSL set a new standard for global professional sports by making three major commitments for its global surfing tours. These commitments –designed to inspire, educate and empower ocean lovers while addressing critical environmental issues, included; Becoming carbon neutral globally by the end of 2019; eliminating single-serve plastics by the end of 2019; and leaving each place better than it was found.
With Consolidated Properties as our partner for Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast, we will be able to strike the right balance between economic development and sustainable growth for the Sunshine Coast along with the ability to truly give back to the community and the environment.