Application for coach depot may be lastbus depot maybe last of kind

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A controversial application to set up a bus depot in Calliope township may be the last of its kind following objections by Calliope Shire Council to Queensland Rail (QR).

The application by Calliope Coaches to establish the depot within the Calliope Rail Yards resulted in considerable debate in the community and sparked a number of objections including two petitions.

Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski told the council's meeting on Friday the department had now given an undertaking that any moves to develop a plan for the land would be done in consultation with the council.

Although the Calliope Coaches application had been approved by the council, councillors had made it clear at the time they did not support further development of the rail yards area for similar proposals.

Members considered the most appropriate future use of the land may be 'parkland or something similar'.

Concerns about the development of the land were also raised by Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham on behalf of some members of the Calliope community.

At a meeting which took place on December 13, QR property management officer Tom Smith acknowledged the council's and Mrs Cunningham's concerns, according to a council report.

The report said Mr Smith had told council it would be included in any future discussions relating to the Calliope Rail Yards.



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