Sekisui tries again with 'blank page' approach at Yaroomba
DEVELOPER Sekisui House will begin a series of forums to engage the community on what it wants for its 19ha site at Yaroomba.
And unlike its last controversial campaign to gain community support for high-rise on the site, this time Sekisui has employed a PR firm with strong market links to drive engagement.
Rebecca Grisman, who has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 22 years, was hired by Sekisui to go back to the drawing board on the future of the site.
What would you like to see on the Yaroomba site?
This poll ended on 14 May 2016.
A golf course, wavepool, park or something that keeps the space open.
Nothing, I think it should be left alone.
I liked the high rise proposal.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Ms Grisman said no new proposals were in existence for the site.
"It is a blank page now," she said.
Sekisui, regarded as one of Australia's most awarded leaders in building sustainable communities, remained focused on "establishing a suitable framework with the council in order to re-look at its iconic Yaroomba Beach site.
"The site, which is an overgrown golf course, is currently underutilised under the existing approval.
"The company is preparing to undertake a series of discussion groups with community and business leaders from throughout the region to explore addressing environmental, height and density, traffic, tourism and economic development priorities and concerns that the regional community have raised to date."
Community groups, including Development Watch and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, have been invited to a series of round table discussions to get the conversation started.
Ms Grisman said Sekisui House had been "disappointed" with the Sunshine Coast Council's decision in April last year to not support its proposed medium density development, which included a five-star international hotel.
The proposal was outside the town plan and received a large number of objections because of the scale of the development, despite its promise of significant economic injection into the local economy.
"The aim of the discussion groups is to proactively invite input from local residents, community and business leaders and organisations about the site's potential future facilities and amenities," Ms Grisman said.
Sekisui House will also seek to re-engage with the new council to determine if a suitable framework can be agreed for reviewing future options for the site which address regional needs.
Development Watch president Lynette Saxton welcomed Sekisui's House's offer to be part of community forums, but admitted she was apprehensive.
"So long as they genuinely are just trying to involve the Coolum community, then we commend them," she said.
"But we won't know until we go to the workshop."