The ambitious redevelopment planned for the Brisbane Road carpark created an abundance of commercial opportunities but eventually fell through.
The ambitious redevelopment planned for the Brisbane Road carpark created an abundance of commercial opportunities but eventually fell through. Contributed

Hidden financial at the heart of carpark deal

A PEAK residents' group which has had to resort to Right To Information provisions in a bid to secure greater transparency around financial aspects of Sunshine Coast Council's Brisbane Road carpark deal says it had never been opposed to the site being well utilised.

Organisation Sunshine Coast Association of Residents (OSCAR) president Greg Smith said its concerns were the financial arrangements and transparency around the deal.

His organisation had written to Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker seeking valuations for the land and detail of any financial contribution to the project which the local authority has claimed would have delivered an additional 707 carparks for public use.

Mr Smith said the announcement the deal had fallen through suggested there had been some substance to the answers OSCAR had been seeking.

"It goes to the heart of what we were worried about," he said.

"It's not a win but indicates (there was relevance) to our concerns about the financials and our genuine attempts to get greater detail."

Mr Smith said OSCAR had been patient and rational in its information request but had been ultimately left frustrated and forced to seek the expensive RTI route to get detail that should have been public.

He said everyone wanted a good outcome for the site that both delivered on Mooloolaba's carparking needs and best-utilised the site, but it needed to be one that was both fair and transparent.

Keb Hindmarsh represents Marvic Nominees, owners of a Brisbane Road commercial site that would have been directly adjacent a massive 16-metre wall that formed part of the proposed Abacus development's southern boundary.

He said the owners supported development of a carpark and had just wanted one corner of the development truncated to fit more seamlessly with the adjoining streetscape.

"The owners look forward to see what the council may come up with for the site," Mr Hindmarsh said.

"It ultimately came down to the developer's decision. We're keen to see what comes next.

"Whatever happens would be there for a long time. They need to come up with the best solution for the site.

"If that means delaying for a year or two so be it."



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