INCREASE: Maleny Golf Course is set for 18-hole approval.
INCREASE: Maleny Golf Course is set for 18-hole approval.

Golf course plans for expansion, designer dunny to progress

THE MALENY Golf Course will be looking to extend its footprint by a further 15ha, increasing from nine to 18 holes in size if green-lighted at Thursday's July ordinary council meeting.

The plans for growth are recommended for approval with council officers advising Sunshine Coast councillors vote in favour of the proposed increase in size as part of an extension of the golf course's lease.

The cost of the new course would come at a cost of $975,000, with funding to be considered in future council budgets.

If approved it will be developed three holes at a time, with the lease on the land to align with the existing lease running until 2023.

A 143-unit development at Cotton Tree is also signalled for approval, despite the application sitting one metre above current planning restrictions.

That's due to the calculation of building height accounting for potential flood levels, although there has been some dispute in submissions made to the council about the proposed building height.

'The Cosmopolitan' proposal has been recommended by council officers for approval.

If councillors agree with the officers, it will deliver an eight-storey development to the heart of Cotton Tree, bordered by both The Esplanade and Memorial Ave.

Meanwhile Stockland are set to gift the council a 5489 sq m block of land on Prelude Dr, Mountain Creek.

The site currently zoned as Environmental Management and Conservation Zone has been identified as an opportunity to increase the council's open space network or possibly become a water sport site.

Plans for an iconic 'designer dunny' at Kenilworth's Isaac Moore Park look to also be a step closer, with the winning design Canistrum from Maleny local Michael Lennie flagged to proceed to a detailed design stage if councillors follow the advice from officers.

Despite the council officers' report stating all designs had exceeded the targeted budget "significantly", the "extensive community support and expectation" of the project means the report is still seeking councillors' support to proceed with the project with an aim to reduce construction costs through detailed planning.

The projected, higher construction costs rose out of flood mitigation measures, the report said.