Sunshine Coast luxury hotel development gets court greenlight

An appeal by a citizen development watch group against the construction of the Sunshine Coast’s first five-star hotel for 30 years has been dismissed by a Queensland court.

Developer Sekisui House’s development proposal for a new 220-room hotel at Yaroomba Beach will now be given the final approval by Sunshine Coast Council after the Planning and Environment Court knocked back the appeal by Development Watch.

“Judge Kefford has found the proposed development should be approved, subject to the conditions in council’s original decision notice, but with amendments recommended by the turtle experts,” said Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson.

“While we’re still reviewing the [court] decision, what is clear is council made the correct decision in 2018 [when approving the development application].

“Judge Kefford accepted council’s submissions that the proposed development is in the public interest.

“I am advised that the conditions that will be attached to the approval will be those that have already been issued by council, with some variations in accord with the terms of the court decision.

“I am also advised that the judgment does not contemplate any substantial change to the development.”