Agnes Watchdog group fights to retain common area
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A GROUP calling itself Watch Dogs of Agnes is calling for the area in front of the proposed $300 million Sansara Resort to be converted into commonly owned land.
Spokesman for the group Brian Hendry said it objected to Mijo Developments retaining the foreshore area of its property, instead of making it available for public use. Mr Hendry said previously the area was to be handed over to the Beach Protection Authority.
He called on Mijo to pull down the fence to allow people the freedom to enjoy the grassed area in front of the apartment and shopping complex.
The group is to urge the State Government to "pressure the Miriam Vale Shire Council'' to construct an access road at the back of the development to link Tom Jeffery Park with Springs Road via an existing but unnamed road next to the proposed project.
Major Mijo partner Michael Robson said the company was looking at giving up the forward section of the Beach Protection area from the high water mark to the landside of the creek.
"We've already made that offer to the Environmental Protection Agency,'' he said.
"But even if the EPA is not interested we will continue to look at other ways we can bequeath the land to Miriam Vale Shire Council to retain it for use of the community.''
Mr Robson said the existing fence was about 40 or 50 metres short of the property boundary at high water mark, and would not be extended.