23
Jun

Council says ‘no’ to servo in Yandina. Town applauds

Sunshine Coast Council has rejected an application to build a service station in the heart of Yandina.

Council planners said the development was not in keeping with, or respectful to, the streetscape character and heritage values of the Yandina Character Area; and it would also create traffic problems and pedestrian hazards.

Council found the development contravened several codes within the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and “…fails to maintain the cultural, economic, physical and social wellbeing of people and communities.”

The Yandina and District Community Association (YADCA) which coordinated the Stop the Servo campaign, congratulated the Council on its June 10 decision.

“The community welcomes the Council’s decision which is very encouraging,” said YADCA President Nigel Anns.

“The whole community was opposed to the plan and the STOP THE SERVO campaign saw YADCA, Business Yandina (formerly the Yandina Chamber of Commerce) and the Yandina School of Arts join forces to fight it.

“We have been heartened by the involvement of the whole town – businesses and individuals — who gave their support and we thank them. More than 200 people sent written submissions to Council, opposing the development.

“I want to make it clear that people did not necessarily object to another service station – they objected to a service station in that location,” Nigel said.

“We all hope this decision marks a turning point in which inappropriate development and over development is no longer allowed to spoil our region.”

The applicant had 20 business days to appeal.

Extracted from Sunshine Valley Gazette