Peter Wellington MP

Independent Member for Nicklin

Minister Supports Nambour TAFE's Future

On 26 July 2016, at my invitation, the Hon Yvette D'Ath Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Training and Skills visited Nambour TAFE. During the visit she assured me the Nambour TAFE has a bright future, as the Nambour Campus is the largest trades training facility in the TAFE Queensland East Coast region and is an important site for TAFE training in Queensland.
(Pic Inspecting the Nambour TAFE with the Attorney-General D'Ath)

During the hour and a half visit we inspected most of the facilities. The Minister stressed the Labor Government’s investment of more than $1million over the past two years in the Nambour TAFE should allay any fears the Labor Government has any plans to wind back or walk away from Nambour TAFE.

I also discussed with the Minister the concerns I have with the credibility of some private training operators running courses, which are not properly training their graduates. For further information on courses available at Nambour TAFE go to

Nambour Hospital has bright  future and Two New Ambulance Stations are on the way

The 2016 Budget has seen money allocated for the completion of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and in our area the Government has provided funding for the repurposing of the Nambour General Hospital through the new Advancing Queensland Health Infrastructure Program. This announcement should allay rumours that there are any plans to close the Nambour Hospital.

(Pic Inspecting the Kenilworth site with Minister Dick, Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Chris Bloomfield and Queensland Ambulance Service Cooroy station Officer-in-charge Joanna Lawson)

Our new Ambulance Stations at Kenilworth and Yandina are progressing with the Yandina Station having received a further $2.15 million for the completion of the station which is located on Machinery Road Yandina. The new Kenilworth Station has received a further $500,000 and I was pleased to hear that settlement has taken place for the purchase of land at the rear of the Kenilworth Village Units.

Hands Off Our Town Plan

I joined over 50 community members and spoke at a rally held outside Nambour Council Chambers on to protest against a proposed 12 storey development on beachfront land at Yaroomba.

The development by Sekisui breaches council’s height limit for the area and is supported by Premier Campbell Newman and SCRC Mayor Mark Jamieson.’

Council intended holding an “in camera” meeting to amend the Town Plan to cater for the increased height limit but faced with community outrage, the meeting was deferred until December.

With the ink hardly dry on Council’s new Town Planning document council was all set to amend it.

I call on everyone who is concerned about this breach of our town Plan to lobby their divisional councillor. We only need seven councillors to vote against it and the proposal is lost.

We can rest assured that if this proposal for a height limit of 12 storeys goes ahead it will set a precedent and open the floodgates for future developments coast-wide.

This Town Plan belongs to us. It was developed with massive input from the community and we don’t want to see it thrown out every time a developer mate calls in a favour for a political donation.  We have a town plan for a reason and we should be sticking with it.”

Local Members failing Sunshine Coast on Halls Creek

I used a recent Parliamentary speaking opportunity to speak on behalf of many Sunshine Coast residents and call on the Deputy Premier to withdraw a requirement for council to include for future urban investigation a 1,400 hectare parcel of land locally known as Halls Creek. This land needs to remain as it is currently proposed in the council planning scheme, which is as an interurban break between the residential development that is planned in that area. I used this opportunity to call on all government members on the Sunshine Coast to join me in sending a strong message to our Deputy Premier that the Halls Creek land needs to retain its protection status as an interurban block. We need to support our council in making sure that Stockland is not able to develop it in the future. We need to ensure that the Deputy Premier does not simply pander to the calls and the whims of Stockland developments.

The Sunshine Coast Daily recently published an article about community concerns and the silence of local LNP Members on this very issue.