About our Group
Friends of Buddina Ltd is a "Not for Profit" Community Group run by volunteers. It was established in 2019 with the aim of looking out for the residents of Buddina (human and wildlife) and preserving the lifestyle we all enjoy today for future generations.
Friends of Buddina is committed to sharing information, and taking action where needed, with regard to future developments in the area and their impact on our current lifestyle and natural environment.
At Friends of Buddina, we believe Community consultation should apply to all future development projects and residents should be invited to “have their say”. Community consultation that is respectful, transparent, considered and acted upon is fundamental to protecting the natural assets we currently enjoy.
Retention of the area's existing character and the amenity of our residential beachside suburb on the Sunshine Coast is our number 1 priority. To achieve this we believe all future urban development must be in keeping with the character of the area and be environmentally and socially sustainable. We are prepared to be the Community's voice when it comes to dealing with developers, Council, State and Federal Government and their agencies.
It is for this reason we have instigated legal action against the approval of a 7 story highrise, right on the beach front on the corner of Talinga St and Pacific Boulevard, Buddina. We now have a court date set for November 26 and 27 2020. We need your help to fund this action now.
Together we can make a difference!
Latest News on our Legal Challenge
Friends of Buddina Ltd. Community Challenging Inappropriate Development
UPDATE Legal Challenge – Review in Planning & Environment Court 21 Aug 2020
Following the Approval by Council on 23 July of the “minor change” proposal to development turtle lighting conditions, the scheduled review date in the Planning & Environment Court was Friday 21 August 2020.
At the review, His Honour Judge Long SC signed an Order (of 13 sequenced instructions) including that the matter be listed for 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟲 & 𝟮𝟳 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬. The key dates and instructions commence on 28 August with Council required to issue a Statement of Reasons for its decision to approve the “minor change” application. This is followed by further actions required by all parties on specified dates each week in September and October, culminating in the hearing scheduled in late November.
Friends of Buddina have long argued that the development breached the Planning Scheme; its lighting would negatively impact the nearby endangered loggerhead turtles' nesting habitat; and the building height, excess site-coverage and density would impact neighbours' views, vistas, amenity and privacy.
An Originating Application in November 2019; the P&E Court initial dates were set and legal processes commenced early in 2020 with Friends of Buddina Ltd as the Applicant, Sunshine Coast Council as the 1st Respondent and Pacific Diamond 88 Pty Ltd, the developer, as the 2nd Respondent.
On 8 April 2020, the developer (2nd Respondent) submitted a “minor change” proposal to Council (1st Respondent) for proposed changes relating to the Turtle Lighting approval conditions, one of the subjects of the P&E Court documents lodged by Friends of Buddina Ltd. This arrangement was made between the two Co-Respondents in the case; their own legal teams were advised, yet, neither Friends of Buddina nor their legal team were advised of these actions - not even a courtesy email or call, even though this action would directly impact the case. Of course, there is no legal obligation to advise such an action – such an advice is optional.
Friends of Buddina and their legal team became aware of the two Co-Respondents actions in May and all parties agreed that the Directions Orders of the Court be vacated until the minor change application has been decided. On 23 July 2020, Council (1st Respondent) approved the “minor change” proposal for the developer (2nd Respondent).
Interesting tactics that appear to demonstrate that both Council and the developer were so concerned about their legal position that they needed to change the development approval conditions in an attempt to improve their own defence of an Approval being challenged on the basis it was unlawful. What other motivation would there be to disrupt the legal proceedings?
Nevertheless, in reviewing these recent changes to the turtle lighting Approval conditions, there are some improvements (such are tinting of all glazing facing north, south and east), however, other changes appear to have diluted and weakened some of the original conditions and fail to remove some of the ambiguities. Furthermore, failure to address other amenity considerations referenced in the original Originating Application remain.
It’s been a long battle, now getting closer to a decision, so please chip-in.
Watch what has happened in NSW. Imagine if this was a 7 story, 21m high apartment block!
Friends of Buddina Committee
60 Pacific Blvd
Buddina Qld 4575
If you are interested in becoming a member, please email us to obtain a membership application form.