What’s next: Key groups weigh in after Twin Waters rejection
Speculation is mounting around what is next for the 104 hectare parcel of land which was subject to Stockland's failed Twin Waters West development bid.
Last week a majority Sunshine Coast councillors voted down Stockland's bid to build a masterplanned community at a flood plain north of the Maroochy River.
Save Twin Waters West and Surrounds has renewed calls for the land to instead be used for a Kabi Kabi cultural interpretative centre, an art gallery and eastern grey kangaroo viewing platform.
President Kathryn Hyman said something similar to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns and the penguin viewing platform at Phillip Island would be supported.
"It's a prime location for this … and looking at tourism statistics and data, it shows tourists want one-on-one contact with Indigenous people," she said.
"It's an appropriate use for the site."
She said another option would be for Stockland to gift the land to the community for rehabilitation and green spaces.
In a statement issued after the council meeting, Stockland said it would review its options.
Ms Hyman said lodging a court appeal would be another expensive process for Stockland, and would not guarantee a decision in its favour.
"The path of Court appeal has greatest potential to diminish Stockland's reputation and do long-term damage to community relations," she said.
Twin Waters Residents' Association president Tony Freeman said he would be incredibly surprised if Stockland gifted the land back to the community.
Mr Freeman said it was too early to consider what the land could be used for.
"The holding costs for Stockland over the years would have been enormous," he said.
"I think it's just in a holding pattern at the moment ... of course they have the right to appeal and I wouldn't be surprsied if that's what they're considering."
The Twin Waters resident of five years said he was surprised councillors went against the officer's recommendation to approve the application.
Mr Freeman said some Twin Waters residents were in support of the development, given it was equal to or better than the existing community.