North Lakes Resort Golf Club
Community mobilises over planned closure and redevelopment
Recently North Lakes Resort Golf Club announced that they would shutter the course at the end of 2019 due to continued financial losses citing a trending downturn in golfing for leisure.
The owners have assured residents that the golf course and all of its facilities will continue to operate until then but said in a statement that they have entered an arrangement to redevelop 11 hectares of the of the 57 hectare prime real estate site into an aged care and senior living facility.
"The owners are proposing to sell the course and have entered into an arrangement with The Village Retirement Group for the entire parcel of land. The intent is for more than 85% of the course area to be maintained for environmental protection, publically accessible open space and the possibility of a range of sport and recreation facilities for community use," the statement read.
The Village Retirement Group (VRG) proposal, yet to be entered to Council is a low-density development comprising 200 independent living units roughly in the centre of the current site with an aged-care facility on the southern tip and an environmental restoration project, to make an open space on the finger-like tip that extends toward Endeavour Boulevard.
Despite continued falling interest in the current facility, there has been huge public outcry about the closure. Residents are passionately mobilising under a banner carrying a tagline the lifestyle you promised is about to disappear via a Facebook group called Save North Lakes Golf Course.
On Sunday there was a town meeting at the North Lakes Sports Club. Both speakers and attendees were passionate. It was a call to action. the speakers called on the entire community to come together, to use their professional skills to protest the sale based on the lifestyle promises made as North Lakes was originally developed. Local Matt Williamson MC'd.
"We were sold a dream. Move your family to North Lakes. Bring your business to North Lakes. A new thriving community and at its heart was one of Queensland’s best championship golf courses. The North Lakes Resort Golf Club," he said on Sunday.
Mr Williamson stated that estate developer Stockland and real estate agents leveraged their marketing of the area around the Graham Marsh designed golf course and that whether you used the facility or not a redevelopment would have an impact on traffic, noise, wild life, public safety in adjoining areas, and not least of all, the lifestyle you were promised when you bought into the area.
For the development to go ahead after submission, MBRC have to vote and approve. The concern is that once approved, it could open a floodgate of ongoing development on the space, affecting property values across the suburb.
"It’s a place where we knew our property values would grow. Because it's based around an asset that would remain an open space," Mr Williamson said.
"We bought into this lifestyle and we paid a premium to do it," he said to cheers from the crowd.
The previous Saturday, hundreds of locals and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth assembled in front of the course in protest of the redevelopment plan. Mr Howarth took to centre of the group advising concerned residents to contact their division councillors throughout the region and the Mayor to voice their objections.
“We need to let councillors know, right throughout the Moreton Bay Region just how important this is to you,” Mr Howarth said.
The end goal of this campaign is that the golf course remain a golf course and the community is organising and assembling to that end. You will see signage, letter box drops and more public meetings.
An official State Government petition objecting to the change in the use of North Lakes Golf Course, endorsed by our member for Bancroft Mr Chris Whiting went live and the time of press had over 2000 signatures.
The Save North Lakes Golf Course movement is calling for passionate members of community to donate their time and skills in assistance to the cause. From door knockers, to fund raisers to marketing professionals to those experienced in council application processes.
If you can offer assistance in these matters contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What can concerned residents do?
Contact local councillors right throughout the region, full list of contacts here:
Sign the petition here:
Donate to the cause to help organised exposure (or see the Facebook page for direct debit details)
Join the Facebook group here
Use the hashtag #SNLGC
to raise your voice on social media
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