The Gateway Dr site of the proposed industrial and living unit complex in Noosaville
The Gateway Dr site of the proposed industrial and living unit complex in Noosaville

Blue-collar living estate bid for industrial heartland

FIRST, developers saw an opportunity to develop trendy breweries in Noosa’s industrial heartland.

Now one wants to move in and build 16 units in Gateway Drive in the Noosaville Industrial estate, but councillors are not in a mood to accommodate this push for blue-collar living.

The proposed site for this industrial lifestyle option would form part of a two-storey industrial development comprising 42 industrial tenancies.

“This is clearly an attempt to create a residential community within an industrial community,” Mayor Tony Wellington told the council’s general committee meeting.

“Obviously it’s going to generate conflict, it can’t but help create a new rod for our backs if we approve it. There’s no way in the world we should be approving this.

“The tenant units have floor areas greater than 50 per cent of the industrial use that they sit above, so it’s hardly subordinate … it becomes a more primary purpose of the land,” Cr Wellington said.

Cr Joe Jurisevic noted that if the residences were proposed as caretaker residences, “one should be sufficient”.

He said the number of units and the “size discrepancies” clearly overwhelm the other industrial use and he could not approve “the concept of 16 residential units in any way”.

Cr Frank Pardon said good on the developer for “being innovative, but the concept, it just doesn’t fit” while Cr Brian Stockwell said this was “a good idea in the wrong spot”.

He said he could understand the desire to live on site and have “some creative space downstairs”.

Cr Stockwell said the primary conflict was, if an industrial site had an approval to be “clanging at 10 o’clock at night”, then nearby tenants are not going to be able to sleep.

“To try and do this (development) in this location is not the right spot,” Cr Stockwell said.

A Noosa planning report said a number of the proposed units contain upper level storage levels directly accessed by internal stairs which would not meet fire separation requirements.

Councillors are likely this Thursday evening to formally vote to reject the application.



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