Community unites to launch Residents for Responsible Development on Sunshine Coast to encourage transparency and equity

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A collective of concerned Sunshine Coast locals representing a broad cross-section of the community is set to launch under the banner, Residents for Responsible Development (ResDev) next Saturday 24 January at 10:00 am in Mudjimba.

“We are extending a warm welcome to all individuals, local community groups and commercial enterprises interested in exploring the issues associated with development on the Sunshine Coast with the potential to impact our local environment, quality of life and ultimately, financial cost to future generations of ratepayers,” said ResDev spokesman, Charles Toms.

“We wholeheartedly encourage anyone with a vested interest in economical, ecological and community-minded development on the Sunshine Coast to join us next Saturday.  We have formally invited representatives from the Sunshine Coast Council and State Government to engage with us and understand the concerns of the local community at the current time,” Mr Toms said.

"RevDev group seeks to ensure that all large projects proposed for the Sunshine Coast undergo an open process of review and community consultation. It is imperative that all projects are subjected to independent assessments of cost-benefit and community impact.

ResDev is particularly concerned that the unique lifestyle and environment enjoyed by Sunshine Coast residents and visitors is under threat from large projects that are insensitive to the local area or not commercially or in some cases not financially viable. Such projects include the proposed the Airport Expansion, the Sekisui House development and Coastal Light Rail, among others.

More compatible and affordable options are available and these must be examined openly. ResDev will hold decision -makers accountable for their actions by vigorously exposing all such proposals to wide public scrutiny."

The Group’s objective is to emerge as a single voice dedicated to ensuring transparency and integrity is consistently achieved.  The Group believes that this is a perspective that all stakeholders should welcome and embrace.

“ResDev’s membership includes a complement of professionals, both retired and active, across a wide range of industries relevant to objectively analysing the micro and macro impacts of proposed developments within the region.  We aim to leverage our strength as a united front through accumulated technical resources in order to gain a tertiary appreciation of development plans, process and statements from both the public and the private sector,” Mr Toms said.

The official launch of the group, initiated by a dedicated collective of concerned residents, is focussed on enabling people from all areas of the region to substantially increase their awareness, encourage positive community engagement and outcomes.  

The launch will commence at 10am with a sausage sizzle on Saturday 24 January in the Mudjimba Community Hall, Cottonwood Street with official proceedings from 10:30am.  The Group is confident that the event will further consolidate the community’s keen interest in the development projects on the Sunshine Coast.

Residents for Responsible Development
22nd of January 2015

 
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