Topics:  car wash, development, gladstone regional council, protest

Park residents fight plans for 24-hour car wash next door

Kin Kora residents are angry over a proposed 24-hour car wash development to be built next door.
Kin Kora residents are angry over a proposed 24-hour car wash development to be built next door. Scott Sawyer

CONCERNED residents of the Kin Kora Manufactured Home and Caravan Park will fight to stop a proposed 24-hour car wash being built next door.

The 17-strong group has submitted letters of protest to council stating why the proposed development of the neighbouring vacant block should be quashed.

Permanent resident Dave Murray said a 24-hour car wash was the last thing the permanent cabin owners wanted.

"We're all retirees or semi-retired in the village and I don't know if council understands but we all own these cabins," Mr Murray said.

"We bought it as a nice, comfortable place to retire, so the last thing we need is loud, thumping cars and young kids doing burnouts with wet tyres on their way out at all hours of the night."

The proposed development also allocated a 10m wide easement on the side closest to the cabins, and fellow resident Neville Butcher was worried it could be made into an access road for further industrial buildings on the site.

"If they approve this car wash then I'm concerned at what else would go on the site," Mr Butcher said.

"What about value lost to the property?

"These are privately owned cabins. It's not right to put commercial buildings on the block. Even the park manager has submitted a letter in opposition."

Gladstone Regional Council senior planning officer Tegan Schuler said it was premature for people to speculate about further developments on the site when the original proposal had not even reached council meeting stage.

"The public notification process hasn't even finished yet," Ms Schuler said. "With each application, all submissions are considered and each councillor will view all submissions made."

Ms Schuler said it would still be a couple of months before the proposed development progressed to a council consideration meeting.

Proposed car wash:

  • 24-hour car wash proposed for vacant land next to residents' cabins on Olsen Avenue.
  • About 20 residents have submitted letters in opposition to council.
  • Submissions closed 5pm, July 5.
  • Council says proposal won't reach consideration meeting stage for another couple of months.

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