BITS Club golfers ban just a bogey

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GOLFERS need not fear they will be barred from the Boyne Island golf course when it goes under new management.

As part of a transaction between developers and Calliope Shire Council, the current nine hole course will be transformed into a world class 18 hole championship golf course.

The BT Joint Venture Group is negotiating to buy the 9000 sq m club premises for $800,000 with conditions that include buying neighbouring council land.

But Calliope Shire Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the course would never become the property of the developers and would remain open for use by local golfers.

"Council has given the assurance it will not freehold the title of the golf course,'' he said.

The developers have committed themselves to upgrading the golf course. Nine holes will remain in the present golf course location and an additional nine holes will be established on the other side of South Trees Inlet with a link over the inlet.

Mr Kanofski said the total cost of the resort could not be estimated until developers presented the council with the master plan for their project.

As part of the deal, more vacant riverfront land would be made available to the Venture Group at a cost of $40,000 per dwelling (unit). The initial concept plan provides for 200 units.



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