Record response to golf land plan

Published 2:40pm 29 May 2023

Record response to golf land plan
Words by Nick Crockford

Thousands of objections are reported to have been lodged against plans for a retirement village and aged care units on former North Lakes Resort Golf Club land.

Save North Lakes Golf Course (SNLGC) said, at the weekend, more than 3000 had been submitted in “one of the largest objections” seen in this region.

Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) said today confirmed it had 3132 submissions – the most received for a development application (DA).

That figure will rise before Council’s public consultation period for the DA closes on Friday (June 2).

The Village Retirement Group (TVRG) is proposing a retirement village of up to 250 villas and up to 120 beds in an aged care facility, in its latest plan for the land.

Record response to golf land plan
A visual of the new development plans for land on the former North Lakes golf course.

It is scaled back, removing a school, markets and shops, but SNLGC says an eight-hectare block, originally for a school, would be retained by TVRG.

TVRG is also proposing 46 hectares of the 68-hectare site, be handed back for Moreton Bay Regional Council to maintain as Eden Creek Parklands.

“One of the best things we have enjoyed about our campaign is the great community and teamwork being formed which has seen over 3000 objections submitted, one of the largest objections to a DA ever in the history of MBCC,” a SNLGC spokesperson said.

“For perspective the proposed building footprint is over 143,000sqm. Which is bigger than the local Costco and Bunnings footprint put together - and sadly with ongoing stages to come over years!”

“This is not a small or discreet development. We are talking about a large sprawling unit development over several kilometres of open space land, happening right in middle of a residential area.”

SNLGC, formed in 2018 to challenge development plans, has held public meetings, manned pop-up stalls and offered tip through its social media page for submissions.

All documents relating to this development application are available on MBRC’s DA Tracker website, which today was running to more than 370 pages.

Of those selected at random by Moreton Daily, the key objections were the impact of traffic (during and after construction), local wildlife and the environment.

Some objectors say they bought by the golf course believing the Mango Hill Development Control Plan protected the land and their outlook against development.

Some submissions are, however, known to be in favour of the retirement and aged care facility and retaining the rest of the former golf course as parkland.

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