18 September 2019 - State and Council Planners are on the job, highlighting significant issues with the DA

Good to see the State and Council Planners calling out some of the significant inadequacies, inconsistencies and misleading statements in the PPNQ Pty Ltd Development Application. It almost looks like they will need a complete re-write of the DA to meet those requests.

It will be particularly interesting to read the needs analysis that they have been asked for, justifying the subdivisions, school, waterpark, trailer park, child care centre, retirement home, etc etc when all they may really want is a change in zoning to be able to sell it on to an experienced developer.

What both the State and Local Governments written concerns do highlight is that a project of this magnitude on such a precious site as this should probably be referred for a full Environmental Impact Study, so let’s hope that Government agrees and requires that an EIS be done

6th September 2019 - This notice has been issued because the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) has identified that information necessary to assess your application has not been provided.

Click on the link below to read the text of another Information Request sent to the developer by the State Assessment and Referral Agency for the developer's attention.

Looks like there is plenty of work still to do!

2019.08.15 - SARA RFI.pdf 

28th August 2019 - Save Paradise Palms Facebook page closed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Paradise Palms Residents Association Inc has had to close the 'Save Paradise Palms' Facebook page.

We are confident that most supporters will be able to "read between the lines" of that comment

Paradise Palms Residents Association Inc will continue to fight any Development Application and rezoning of Paradise Palms Golf Course by all proper and legal avenues available to us.

Please continue to check this website for updates.

14th August 2019 - Council Information Request regarding the Development Application

This is a very interesting read!

It is the Council's initial response to the Development Application lodged by PPNQ Developments Pty Ltd.

When you read it you will see that this DA is far from decided and the developer has an awful lot of work to do and obstacles still to overcome!

The Council's Information Request is a public document and can be viewed by clicking this link: 

Information and Variation Request.pdf

 

25th July 2019 - A FEDERAL MP has made an impassioned plea in parliament calling for a controversial golf course development to be stopped.

LNP MP for Petrie Luke Howarth today urged Moreton Bay councillors to stop North Lakes Golf Course from being developed into a retirement village and aged care facility.

 “I say to the Moreton Bay councillors, listen to the people of Petrie and North Lakes and do not allow this golf course to be developed,” he said.

The golf course, which is privately owned, is expected to close at the end of this year and sold to developer The Village Retirement Group (TVRG).

TVRG, we understand, is meeting with the council as part of a pre-lodgement process to discuss its plans for the site and get some direction from council planners.

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12th July 2019 - A Development Application has now been lodged.

The Developer has now lodged his preliminary Development Application with the Cairns Regional Council.

If you would like to view this DA in full you can use this link 

The application can be viewed at:  

https://eservices.cairns.qld.gov.au/eservice/daEnquiryInit.do?nodeNum=227

The reference number for the Application is 9522/2019.

Council has placed a hard copy of the full DA at the Smithfield Library for the public to inspect.

Now the work starts in earnest and your support will be critical, particularly with the Fighting Fund!

If you would like to financially support our efforts but would prefer not to use "Go Fund Me" to do so, please make a direct deposit into our Bank Account.

BSB:                   633000

Account:            164331183

Account name:  PPRA Inc

10 July 2019 - The Importance of a fighting fund

We have been operating a "Go Fund Me" page but there appears to be a reluctance from our supporters to donate via that channel, perhaps because of the commission that they charge.

"Go Fund Me"  donations represent a minute percentage of our total funds raised. By the way, our signed on supporters now number just under 5,000!

If you would like to financially support our efforts but would prefer not to use "Go Fund Me" to do so, please make a direct deposit into our Bank Account.

BSB:                   633000

Account:            164331183

Account name:  PPRA Inc

The developer's Development Application can't be far away now and that is when we will need to ramp up the use of our specialist Town Planning and Legal Consultants.

It could get quite expensive but your Committee and our Consultants believe that there is a very real chance of success. We must keep fighting in order to win this precedent setting case to preserve our green space, so any assistance to grow the fighting fund is really appreciated. Thank you.

PS: The Association has an Auditor appointed

26th June 2019

Information from the Cairns Regional Council's Vision Statement, outcomes of community surveys conducted about a future vision for Cairns.

The Community's views are very clear, well worth reading and the main results are listed below.

Cairns Regional Council, are you listening to your constituents and the results of your own surveys?

Stop the loss of any further recreational green space like Paradise Palms now with one simple preemptive decision! No need to wait for the developer to lodge a Development Application

 

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26th June 2019

Congratulations to the Cairns Regional Council as the Redlynch Masterplan wins state award

What great foresight and initiative has been shown by Council to acquire 51 Hectares of land in Redlynch in order to ensure sufficient provision for Master Planned land to be zoned Sports and Recreation in the region.

Obviously it begs the question as to why Council can even contemplate for minute allowing nearly 60% of the current supply of Sports and Recreation zoned land in the Northern Beaches at Paradise Palms to become the plaything of a private developer. His plans are to obliterate the current precious zoning with Development Applications for large numbers of residential and commercial properties.

The answer seems obvious. Other Councils around the country have done it. Our Council could simply make a declaration that they will not under any circumstances contemplate a change of zoning for such a scarce and precious community asset.

The developer purchased the site knowing what its zoning was and allegedly intended to improve the existing facilities. The fact that his plans failed is not a reason to allow him to ride roughshod over the rest of the Community.

It is important to acknowledge that the Save Paradise Palms Association now has in excess of 4,500 people signed on to support its objectives, so there is no room for doubt about what the community thinks

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2nd June 2019

HTW Valuer's Property Report for May 2019

A cautionary story for inexperienced developers who think that they know it all.

See an extract from the Report below. It shows very big slumps in all categories, houses, units and land.

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28th May 2019

For information, the following advice has been received from Council re progress of a Development Application for Paradise Palms:

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23rd May 2019

Do you want to tell Council how YOU feel about the developer's plans?

Below are some guidelines that you may find of assistance in lodging your own submission.

We suggest that you draft something now and have it ready to send when a Development Application is lodged.

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26th April 2019

In February the Association lodged aTemporary Local Planning Instrument request with the Cairns Regional Council.

The request was reviewed by the Council's Planning Officers who produced a Report and recommendations for Council to consider.

Council received the Report at its Meeting on 24th April and chose to refuse the Application. Of course, with 8 out of the 10 elected Councillors declaring a conflict and not voting, the decision was delegated to the CEO to make. A clear compromise of democracy.

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26th April 2019

THANK YOU!

PPRA Inc would like to thank each and every one of our supporters who attended the Council meeting on the 24th April. The numbers looked impressive and made an impact. Those of you who were able to stay back for the subsequent meeting with the Mayor, the CEO and the GM of Planning would have found it interesting.

Although our TLPI request was declined on this occasion, both the Council and the Developer are now clearly on notice that they are dealing with a determined and resourceful group with more than 4,000 committed supporters signed up. 

Whilst we maintain our strong disagreement with a decision such as this being delegated to the CEO rather than being made by elected Councillors, we have noticed a clear and encouraging change in the attitude shown towards us by the Council leadership team recently and we thank them for making the effort to understand our issues.

25th April 2019

Petition to Cairns Regional Council - Status Update

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23rd April 2019

And so the destruction of the Golf Course enters Stage 2 today!

What's the rush? There is no Development Application lodged so the only apparent reason is as a demonstration that Darren Halpin can do what he wants with impunity.

Cairns Regional Council has been made aware but no response has been received.

Click on the "Read More" button for photos of the turf being stripped from the 16th Green today

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18 April 2019

Interesting read! 

Click on the "Golf Courses and the environment" menu item at the top of the page

17th April 2019

The old 7th Hole a couple of days ago, only 3 months from the last photos and we already have a potential new film set suitable for a Jurassic Park movie

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8th April 2019

The confidential Environmental Values Report that the Association commissioned is now completed!

Click on "Read More" to see one small excerpt from the Report that gives an amazing insight into the environmental value of the site.

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26 March 2019

The Banker for this development proposal is identified as the Chapman Family Superannuation Fund. (Chapman as in Skyrail)
HAVE THEY HEARD OF ETHICAL INVESTING?
 
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5th March 2019

Radio Interview - John Mckenzie Show with Clive Abbott, PPRA Committee Member, 26th Feb 2019

Click below to listen to the interview.

27th February 2019

The Cairns Regional Council Unity Team digs itself a deeper hole today (27th Feb 2019)

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1st February 2019

What Darren Halpin said back in 2015
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22nd February 2019

Planning Process Farce!

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7th February 2019

ABC Far North - Radio Interview with Clive Abbott, SPPA Committee

Click below to listen to the interview.

7th February 2019

Paradise Palms creeks already carry vast volumes of runoff

Rainwater runoff - Rooftops and roads absorb zero rain, as against more than 100 hectares of grass and trees

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29th January 2019

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The iconic Paradise Palms land is a community amenity under threat.

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29th January 2019

The 7th hole as it was - is now a wasteland, destroyed for a development that did not go ahead

An internationally recognised drawcard for our region could be lost for all time

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29th January 2019

Radio interview - 23rd January 2019 - Darren Halpin on John McKenzie's show

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25th February 2019

Employment of Town Planning Lawyers - Holding Redlich

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7th February 2019

Employment of a Town Planner

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18th February 2019

More commentary  by Cairns Post Journalist Chris Calcino on the indefensible position that the Unity Team has adopted

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31st January 2019

Save Paradise Palms, the organisation and who is involved?

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19th February 2019

Please DONATE what you can to the Fighting Fund at our GoFundMe page.

You can simply visit our GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/save-paradise-palms and make a donation there. Every little bit will help, thank you.

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19th February 2019

Big numbers in attendance at the Public Meeting - Tuesday 12th February 

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29th January 2019

Significant wildlife habitat

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29th January 2019

What is really happening?

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25th January 2019

Complete a Membership Application here

Membership Application Form

25th January 2019

Sign our Petition to the the Cairns Regional Council here

Petition Form

29 January 2019

Photo Credits

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