$950 million township plans approved
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A $950 million Tannum Waters township at Tannum Sands is expected to have its first residents living in it by December 2006.
Calliope Shire Council has granted preliminary approval to proceed to the design and development stage. Engineering work is expected to begin at the end of the year.
Reward Advantage Developments Pty Ltd managing director Murray Nugent said the Master Planned Residential Community would almost double the size of the Boyne Tannum community.
'About 2000 lots of mostly Residential A land for detached housing and a smaller proportion of high density and commercial land would be developed over 10 to 15 years as the market required,' he said.
'The approval process had been rigorous and took much longer than originally expected, due partly to the sheer scale and complexity of the development.'' The entire township is to rise on about 400 hectares (nearly 1000 acres) near Wild Cattle Island.
Tannum Sands Supermarket co-proprietor Bob Long said he did not expect the project would make much difference to his business 'particularly if they build a new bridge over the Boyne River in which (travellers) will bypass us'.
'But it has got to be a plus for the community, especially during the constructions stages,' he said.
Mr Long said it was possible that if the project went ahead, the proposed new bridge (south of Tannum Sands) would be built sooner rather than later.
Mr Nugent said Tannum Wa- ters would offer an affordable range of lifestyles with waterside living one of its most outstanding features.
He said the development 'would set a benchmark for tele- communications infrastructure in Central Queensland' by offering digital telephony, video and data services.
Other features will include a community centre with neigh- bourhood shopping facilities, medical and business services, childcare facilities, pre-school and primary school, swimming and boating facilities and extensive parklands and cycleways.
The 'township' is being under-taken by a joint venture of local private landowners and Reward Advantage Developments.