Sunshine Coast Council has applied to the Planning and Environment Court to facilitate the notification process to the submitters to the Yaroomba Beach Development Application, due to the high cost involved and the volume of paper required.
The development application attracted 11,666 properly made submissions including 686 from interstate and 92 from international addresses.
In accordance with the State Government legislation, council is required to send the decision notice for this application which includes the conditions of the approval, the concurrence agency response, the approved plans, and the submitter details.
At 188 pages in length the cost of posting the decision notice to all 11,666 submitters is estimated to be more than $244,000 – which is not only expensive but would also use more than 4300 reams of paper.
Council has sought the court’s permission to send a single letter to each submitter with the details of an electronic link to the decision notice and associated documents on council’s website.
If supported by the court, a notice would also be placed in the Sunshine Coast Daily and the Courier Mail advising an electronic link to the decision notice would be on the council’s website.
Hard copies of the decision notice would also be available for viewing at council offices at Nambour, Maroochydore and Caloundra and all council Libraries.
In addition, any submitter who requests a hard copy of the decision notice would be provided with a hard copy.
Council is sure our community will understand and acknowledge this approach to notifying submitters will save ratepayers’ money and be more environmentally responsible and timely.
It is important to note that council's request to the court would not impact or reduce the timeframes for a submitter to appeal the decision.