Recent comments on applications from Cairns Regional Council, QLD

  1. In Clifton Beach QLD on “Reconfiguring a Lot 1 Lot...” at 38-40 Ellison Street Clifton Beach QLD 4879:

    Ross Duncan commented

    My property adjoins 38 Ellison & I think as land on the northern beaches is in short supply we should be able to split our 1 acre allotments into half acre allotments.
    This has been done on other properties in our area and would be unfair to reject new submissions when this was approved for others previously.
    It is my hope to also obtain approval for splitting my property into 2 in the near future and I plan on submitting an application for approval.
    New Septic water treatment systems offer smaller area for waste water management such as the Krystel Kleer CD100 system but im sure there are others.
    An alternative to this could be town sewerage for use within this area.

  2. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works General...” at 11 Veivers Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Kate Dewar commented

    Are they going to provide their own parking, or use existing parking on Triton Street??
    Palm Cove already has a huge shortage of parking spaces.
    There are already two convenience stores in Palm Cove. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to establish a third one.

  3. In Freshwater QLD on “Demolition/removal within...” at 233 Kamerunga Road Freshwater QLD 4870:

    john auger commented

    This cottage dwelling is a building of local significance and one of only a handful of that era still standing, It is I understand "Designated a Place of local significance" UNDER The Cairns plan and should be protected and not demolished, this area with the tennis club and Q.C.W.A. Hall should be looked upon as a local gem but has already suffered a redevelopment blight with the approved destruction of the Freshwater Pub/Hotel which was located near the Freshwater Railway Station and replaced by a Child Care Business which has done nothing to enhance the visual aspect of the area for visitors to the railway station.

  4. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works 18 Lot...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Melissa Berta commented

    I object to the opening of Oliva street. It is going to drastically reduce our property value and also reduce the safety of Oliva street with people speeding and using it as a rat run which already happens at the top end of Oliva Street from Vievers Road to Harper street.

    Opening of Oliva Street to Cedar Road should only be for pedestrians and bikes.

    The developers have done no traffic impact studies, which is curious they are allowed to destroy the peace of people living in a whole street for their financial benefit.

    I object to access of the development from Oliva Street for all works, the address is Cedar Road so I would like the access for work to be done with access for machinery etc from Cedar Road. Trades people show little respect for residents so it is only fair they work and access via Cedar Road, the address of the property.

    Presently the access to property is used from Oliva Street and it should be from Cedar Road.

  5. In Palm Cove QLD on “Combined Application -...” at 11 Veivers Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Melissa Berta commented

    I would have thought with all the empty commercial real estate in Palm Cove it would not be ideal to build more. There is obviously not the need. Also, remember what drives the businesses in Palm Cove is its natural beauty and replacing that with another shop would leave visitors disappointed and questioning whether they want to return to more unnecessary development. Look to Clifton Shopping Centre to see how many empty shop spaces are there with more foot traffic than in Palm Cove.

  6. In Edge Hill QLD on “Building Works Assessable...” at 406 Mayers Street Edge Hill QLD 4870:

    Louise Kennedy commented

    Renovations should be in keeping with the character of the building. The small, sliding windows proposed to replace the wall of louvres will not let in the current beautiful breezes, and will not be in keeping with the building. Retain or replace current louvres with similar. It is a pity to see old areas of Cairns losing their character through unsympathetic works such as this, resulting in 'uglification' rather than its opposite.

  7. In Palm Cove QLD on “#MCU Multiple dwelling and...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Dale Edney commented

    Dear Planning Team,
    Whilst I am saddened that we will lose a really special piece of nature in Palm Cove, which has not only been habitat for a rich abundance of wildlife, but also has kept our special village feeling like a village and not just sprawling suburbia, I do understand that that the investor wants to make a return on their investment.

    It would be wonderful if the Council could buy back this piece of land and protect this beautiful piece of nature, but if this can't happen, then please take the following into consideration.

    My understanding is that the developer has asked to develop up to 8 stories because the current 'palm tree' height restriction wasn't in place when the land was purchased.
    I, and I'm sure I speak on behalf of the majority of Palm Cove residents, feel this is a cheap shot and extremely disrespectful of the region that they're developing in. As developers, they're attracted to Palm Cove because it is special and valuable, and I believe it is so because it still feels like a village. The very thing that their development would change once and for all.It's opportunistic and disrespectful to attempt to benefit from the reputation of Palm Cove (which has been built with the cooperation of all developers up until this point), by building structures that completely change and cheapen the very value proposition they intend to capitalise on.
    It would be considered ludicrous to argue that one could drive a car without a seatbelt and baby restraint because one purchased the vehicle before safety restraint regulations were introduced. Likewise, it would be ludicrous to say that one didn't need smoke alarms in a rental because the house was built before smoke alarm regulation was introduced. In the same way, it would make just as little sense if the planning team approved this development beyond four stories because it was purchased before the 4 story height restriction was introduced.
    We desperately need to place value on beauty and livability in our village and our region and open space is critical to maintaining these aspects.Please seriously reconsider this development and by no means approve anything over 4 stories. That would be a slap in the face to all those who have made this beautiful village what it is today.
    Please feel free to contact me at any stage to discuss.
    Dale and Stephanie Edney

  8. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Di commented

    To all correspondents on the 33 cedar road planning alert page - a standardised submission is now available on the following face book sites - cairns combined beaches association, palm cove/ northern beaches, cairns northern beaches - please feel free to print off a copy - add full name, full address, signature and date and drop it into Clifton post office - we can get them delivered to council

  9. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Tracey Vince commented

    The not of development application signage at the block on Cedar Road is not clear. I've been made aware today the application includes two 7 storey towers as well as the one 8 storey and three large water tanks, which is not clear from the signs erected. It's impossible for people to make accurate objections without knowing all of the facts.

    Approval of this project will set a dangerous precedent for high rise development in the area. Could I invite council members to walk to the end of the Palm Cove jetty and look back at the beach? All you will see are palm trees and no buildings. We'd like to keep it that and not jeopardise the tourism industry in Palm Cove.

    Please reject this proposal and review the previous approvals given for mass density housing. I believe that many years ago this land was offered to council to purchase, and it was rejected as not being in the public interest. I think it's definitely in the public interest and ask that you pursue this avenue.

  10. In Palm Cove QLD on “#MCU Multiple dwelling and...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Colin Hardiman commented

    Apart from the complete eye sore and the degradation to the standards of all the locals this complex will create, has any consideration been given to all the wildlife that inhabit this area at present, in particular the large colony of flying foxes that are a great attraction to tourism

  11. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Gunnar and Anne commented

    Will it ever be enough? Is everything just about progress, growth and development here in Cairns? We don't need another resort in Palm Cove and the opening of Oliva Street will just be another step in destroying the quiet peacefulness of Palm Cove we all love. Visitors love to come here because it is not as crowded as Port Douglas for example.
    This project, should it go ahead, will also scare away the last remaining wildlife we have in this area. There is hardly any space left in Palm Cove for wildlife to retreat to so why can't we just leave it as it is or at least turn it into a beautiful park for both locals, visitors and wildlife to enjoy? Why does everything has to make room for us? Oliva street will become the main road for the people trying to avoid driving via the esplanade.
    We don't want or need another Gold Coast!
    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

  12. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Gunnar and Anne commented

    Will it ever be enough? Is everything just about progress, growth and development here in Cairns? We don't need another resort in Palm Cove and the opening of Oliva Street will just be another step in destroying the quiet peacefulness of Palm Cove we all love. Visitors love to come here because it is not as crowded as Port Douglas for example.
    This project, should it go ahead, will also scare away the last remaining wildlife we have in this area. There is hardly any space left in Palm Cove for wildlife to retreat to so why can't we just leave it as it is or at least turn it into a beautiful park for both locals, visitors and wildlife to enjoy? Why does everything has to make room for us? Oliva street will become the main road for the people trying to avoid driving via the esplanade.
    We don't want or need another Gold Coast!
    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

  13. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Max Bikins commented

    Appalling development that will provide substandard sized blocks of land and lead to the destruction of the amenity that Palm Cove is known for. This development will harm long term tourism potential and transform our premier tourist attraction to "just another Australian suburb".

  14. In Palm Cove QLD on “Operational Works...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Melissa Berta commented

    I have noticed signs are up on this land for development. It is not in the spirit of the what the land is zoned for.

    A very important point for me is that Oliva street is not opened up to Cedar Road. the development address is Cedar Road so keep entry and exit Cedar Road.

    We do not want a rat run and a bus run on our quiet street. It is unfair to include that on this development. All other streets in Palm Cove are quiet and private as Oliva Street is now.

  15. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to change approval...” at 109-115 Abbott Street Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    We've just spent millions "beautifying" The CBD. What change are you making?

  16. In Trinity Park QLD on “Material Change of Use...” at Reed Road Trinity Park QLD 4879:

    Coralie Anne Venus commented

    In regard to the proposed development at Lot 1, Reed Rd, Trinity Park, to allow the construction of a block of units. Reed Rd, Trinity Park has lost hundreds of trees in the last few years, because of housing estate developments near the beach, on Harbour Drive just off Reed Rd and currently opposite the proposed latest development near Smithfield Village Drive. The developers were quoted in the Cairns Post (5/10/2019) as saying that 'this project can go ahead without any adverse impacts on any environmental values', They are in effect saying that in this time of dire climatic changes taking place throughout Australia and the rest of the world that trees - which provide oxygen, improve air quality, limit carbon in the atmosphere, offer climate amelioration, reduce air pollution, provide food and shelter for wildlife (including wallabies and scrub fowl in this instance), minimise erosion, maintain healthy soil and increase rainfall - don't matter. Trees do matter, now more than ever, and every one destroyed is a loss for the planet. Please allow us to keep these trees and one of the very few remaining green spaces in this area.

  17. In Mount Sheridan QLD on “Material Change of Use...” at 2-4 Lago Crescent Mount Sheridan QLD 4868:

    Wesley & Susan Hull commented

    Our only concern regarding the application for 2-4 Lago Crescent, Forest Gardens, is whether provisions are in place to protect the ducks, turtles, fish and other wildlife that inhabit the lake in the park behind the proposed development. This has been an important environmental attraction of living in this suburb and must not be allowed to be negatively impacted.

  18. In Kewarra Beach QLD on “Material Change of Use...” at 10L Captain Cook Highway Smithfield QLD 4878:

    Wayne Morgan commented

    Please provide details of current allowed use and more specific details of location, access to highway and ultimate use to be approved.

  19. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 107-113 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    SF commented

    Lois, the details are in the application, so you can read it yourself to find out more information.

  20. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 107-113 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    4th request.........what change?

  21. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 107-113 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    what change?

  22. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 107-113 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    What change?

  23. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 107-113 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    We're residents of 107 esplanade. What approval change is requested?

  24. In Cairns City QLD on “Building Works Assessable...” at 65 Esplanade Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois raynor commented

    As this is a scenic area, is the shed temporary? What is being built here?

  25. In Cairns City QLD on “Request to Change Approval...” at 163 Abbott Street Cairns City QLD 4870:

    lois commented

    What is the minor change?

  26. In Palm Cove QLD on “#MCU Multiple dwelling and...” at 33-41 Cedar Road Palm Cove QLD 4879:

    Corinne wrote to local councillor Brett Olds

    What is happening with this has the connection between cedar and Oliva been approved ?

    This will PLUMMET the house prices for every resident on Olivia street when it becomes the main road for those wishing to avoid the beach front - it will be the only through road other than Williams which everyone will want to avoid

    It’s criminal council could approve something that will have such a significant financial impact to all those residents so that a handful of developers can profit !!

    B O
    Brett Olds local councillor for Cairns Regional Council
    replied to Corinne

    Hi Corrine,

    I’m not sure where this application is at exactly. They have approvals in place already, but I believe they are going to try and amend part of them in the near future??

    The road connection taking Oliva Street through to Cedar Rd is something that was always in the plans, once a DA was acted on at this property? I believe it is actually in the State’s LGIP plans, as well as Council’s so I am not sure what - if anything - can be done here.

    I will look into this more over the coming months and as things progress and will also see if there’s any opportunity not to have it go through. I just don’t want to make a false commitment to you, as I believe it may already be a ‘done deal’??

    I will get back to you soon. Feel free to call me if I take too long.

    Best regards,

    Cr Brett Olds I Cairns Regional Council
    Elected Member – Division 9
    P: +61740443079 | M: +61477990263 | Fax: +61740443836
    Email: | URL:cairns.qld.gov.au

    Mail: PO Box 359, Cairns Q 4870 |
    Office: 119-145Spence St, Cairns Q 4870

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  27. In Trinity Beach QLD on “Material Change Dual Occupancy” at 8 Lae Street Trinity Beach QLD 4879:

    Joan Keough commented

    Hi Guys, There is a duplex directly behind ( that is in a bad state) the proposed house, it will be a rental like the exiting house. This is a family street we have all owned our houses for many years in this part of the street. I have been here 47 years so you can understand my worry. Thanks for your consideration, Joan Keough.

  28. In Stratford QLD on “Combined Application...” at 1L Kamerunga Road Caravonica QLD 4878:

    Tracy Sekac wrote to local councillor Linda Cooper

    I don’t think this is within keeping with the area, houses need to meet with certain standards and so forth with painting and facades. I don’t agree with this proposal at all

    Photo of Linda Cooper
    Linda Cooper local councillor for Cairns Regional Council
    replied to Tracy Sekac

    Hi Tracy,

    Many thanks for contacting me via planning alerts but I think there might be something incorrect about their mapping system. The application mapping details show this as being a development in the Stratford residential area, however this actual address and the linked application is for the new development (Botanica) in the greenfield site along the Cairns Western Arterial Road adjacent to Caravonica State School, where there are no houses. Not sure if that helps you but please let me know if you'd like any further information.

    Kind regards,

    Linda

    Cr Linda Cooper
    Elected Member - Div 6
    Cairns Regional Council
    Phone: +61740443076 | Mobile: +61419656995

    PO Box 359, 119-145 Spence St, Cairns Q 4870

  29. In Parramatta Park QLD on “Combined Application...” at 92 Martyn Street Parramatta Park QLD 4870:

    Jasmine Fawcett commented

    I live next door and the construction noise is unbelievable, they do the loudest job at 6:30 in the morning. This is unfair and shouldn’t be allowed. I have a new born and people have over night jobs, surely their start time for construction noise could be changed to a later time. Is there anything you could do about this?

  30. In Smithfield QLD on “#OPW Commercial and/or...” at 2 Atlas Close Smithfield QLD 4878:

    Angela Bishop commented

    Please advise the type of application made ie what purpose is planned for this property? Commercial or residential?

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