GemLife taking Sunshine Coast Council to court after $130M retirement resort rejected

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GemLife is taking Sunshine Coast Council’s rejection of its proposed $130 million retirement resort and golf club upgrade to court.

GemLife, a joint venture between parent company, Living Gems, and Singapore financial partner, Thakral Capital, wants to build a village of 246 dwellings for over 55s in Cooroy and to build a new clubhouse and pro shop plus 246 new golf memberships for 10 years at Cooroy Golf Club.

Noosa councillors sought legal advice last month before unanimously rejecting the application for the 11-hectare site.

Grounds for refusing the project included the site not being consistent with zoning or local and state government plans and adverse impacts on agricultural land.

A Planning and Environment Court appeal lodged last Friday by GemLife argued the land was not suitable for agricultural use as it was partially fragmented by the golf course, urban development and a major road network.