Asked which was tougher, going for the Games or dealing with the Sunshine Coast Council, the circumspect head of the Gold Coast bid said,
Asked which was tougher, going for the Games or dealing with the Sunshine Coast Council, the circumspect head of the Gold Coast bid said, "Both are as challenging as each other". Geoff Pottern

Stockwell's Olympic fight

AS HEAD of the Gold Coast's Commonwealth Games bid team, developer and former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell was always confident of delivering the 2018 games to the Glitter Strip.

But Mr Stockwell was less emphatic when asked about his chances of ever proceeding with the Noosa Civic Stage Three expansion.

He said ultimately it would be up to the Noosa community to say what level of retail space development they wanted at the designated business centre.

Asked which was tougher, going for the Games or dealing with the Sunshine Coast Council, the circumspect head of the Gold Coast bid said, "Both are as challenging as each other".

He said the Noosa Civic project had been designed to cater to the future needs of Noosa with enough infrastructures in place such as a major road upgrade.

Mr Stockwell's comments were in response to Noosa Parks Association president Ian Seels telling a recent Friday Forum meeting of members that he remained battle-ready to withstand any new Civic Stage Three retail bid.

Mr Seels said the NPA continued to oppose the retail expansion of the Noosa Civic even though Mr Stockwell earlier this year withdrew a legal challenge to a Sunshine Coast Council development application refusal.

"The question is whether he comes back to have another bite at some point.

"Someone will come back," Mr Seels said.

We're not entirely certain it is Stockwell that will come back.

"It may well be that it is financially too hard. Stockwell wasn't the first developer to submit an application for that Noosa business precinct and probably won't be the last. But we'll be ready again."

Mr Stockwell said it would be interesting to see if the NPA objected to the just-completed sale of the Noosa Heads Bowls Club, zoned for community purposes in the Noosa Junction, to major retailer Coles.

Meanwhile, Mr Seels speculated that Coolum may even be nominated as an area to be included in an expanded new Noosa Shire.



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