Warning signs for Petrie USC campus
THE community has come out in "overwhelming support" for the new Petrie University of Sunshine Coast campus after the first consultation - but not all is as it seems.
Moreton Bay Regional Council's online survey of 1000 people came back with 90% participants in favour of the development, which is tipped to pour $950 million into the economy by 2031.
The demographic study by well-known business advisor Bernard Salt states a plethora of future prospects such as jobs and education for the region, but little is known about how the site will get up and running.
Apart from the $35 million pledged by the LNP Government during the election campaign, there has been no announcement of funding, which has raised concerns for some residents.
Former Reclaim Caboolture Shire president Ken Park said it would be left to ratepayers to fork out the difference in rates.
"I'm not against tertiary education and not against it in our area, but I am against this particular one," he said.
"There is no feasibility study or business plan that justifies whether we can afford it, let alone the running cost and capital cost.
"The site is completely unacceptable. The MBRC Regional Plan shows most of it is flood prone, a large part is erosion, and all the waterways for 100m either side is a no clearing zone."
MRBC's own website shows the old Petrie Paper Mill site as featuring on a number of precarious overlay maps such as: acid sulphate soils, building height hazard, bushfire hazard, erosion and storm tide hazard, flood and landslide hazard, and riparian zone just to name a few.
"If anyone came to council with a development proposal with all of those issues, they'd just laugh at you," Mr Park said. "It seems irresponsible that a council would contemplate allowing such a restricted site to be used for other than open space or passive recreation."
MBRC was contacted about these issues, but could only redirect the Caboolture News to its website for more information.
Federal Member for Longman Susan Lamb said she fully endorsed the development after she promised $98 million if Labor got into power during the election campaign, but she was unaware of any feasibility studies.
"It's very important for our region for a high-quality local uni. One that offers a range of adequate courses that lead into the future," she said.
"Community consultation is incredibly important; when they feel listened to, they feel like they are apart of the development."
But Mr Park was left wondering why the first community consultation came a year after MBRC had spent more than $50 million on a site.
A spokesman for the Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $35 million promise would be fulfilled.
"All Coalition Government commitments are fully funded and will be delivered as soon as practicably possible," he said.
For more information go to https://www.moretonbay. qld.gov.au/uniprecinct/.