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Neighbours stick to guns over Fisher St housing

THE sod may have turned on Gladstone's affordable housing projects, but the Friends of Fisher St have warned they will be keeping a close eye on construction.

While the Friends group won't take legal action against the developers, Gladstone Affordable Housing, they will be ensuring that noise restrictions and parking regulations are adhered to during the development of Fisher Crest.

The group is a collective of residents who have been opposed to the development they say will turn their sleepy residential area into a densely populated housing block.

But Gladstone Affordable Housing said the $20million investment was a much-needed boost for the city's construction industry, as well as providing housing for its target group of mid-level professionals.

Disgruntled resident Patrice Taylor said the neighbourhood had been informed construction was beginning, but that didn't change the residents' views.

"Everything we believe in is still valid - regardless of the project going ahead," she said.

"We don't intend to keep quiet about it and the next time the political game is played, we'll be reminding people what the council has done to us.

"It's not good enough that it's allowed to happen in a residential area."

Gladstone Affordable Housing general manager Rebecca Oelkers said key workers who earned low to middle incomes - such as teachers, nurses, emergency services personnel, hospitality, retail and child care workers - still required affordable housing.

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