Since 2009, Halls Creek has been identified as a potential future Identified Growth Area (IGA) post-2031 in the State Government’s South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).
The SEQRP outlines the process for determining the suitability of IGAs for longer-term urban development. In addition to Halls Creek, the SEQRP has also identified the Beerwah-Caloundra South Corridor (Beerwah East), located on the western side of the Bruce Highway, as another IGA on the Sunshine Coast. The majority of the Beerwah East IGA is under a long term licence with the Hancock Timber Resources Group (expires 2109) and is used for forestry and recreational activities.
The Sunshine Coast population is forecast to grow from 330,000 to over 578,000 people by 2041. According to a study undertaken by Urbis in 2015, more than 115,000 dwellings are required to meet this projected residential demand. Even if both Halls Creek and Beerwah East are developed, they will still not meet this future long-term demand.
The State Government is currently revivewing the SEQRP, with an extended planning horizon to 2041. Stockland is seeking the retention of both Halls Creek and Beerwah East in the revised SEQRP to ensure the process of determining their suitability for future long-term development is undertaken before any formal decision by the State is made.
Over the past 18 months, Stockland has engaged a number of independent experts to undertake specialist investigations to assess the viablity of both sites, importantly, understanding the potential impact on the Pumicestone Passage.
The findings have identified that both Halls Creek and Beerwah East have a number of merits and challenges. For example, if developed both sites would not impact on the region’s existing 23km inter-urban green belt that currently separates the Sunshine Coast from north Caboolture.
Stockland is seeking a full and proper consultation process is undertaken on both sites to fully assess their suitability for long-term development, including ensuring that the local community is consulted on the implications to density, economic prosperity and infrastructure delivery for the Sunshine Coast region.
The following summary video discusses three key issues relevant to the Sunshine Coast IGA’s being Water Quality – Protecting the Pumicestone Passage, Protecting the Inter-Urban Break, and Transport Integration. Full videos discussing each of these important issues can be found in the relevant tabs at the top of this page.