Bushland handed over to council



AFTER 18 months, the Philip Street bushland has finally been officially handed over to Gladstone City Council.

Despite an agreement for the council to buy the land in March last year, there was some confusion surrounding the finalisation of the sale.

Recently The Observer reported that the council and state government both thought the other party had control of the sale and were waiting for a reply to finalise the deal.

However in state parliament yesterday Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing Robert Schwarten said the sale had finally been completed.

'Today is a great day for the state government and the Gladstone City Council because we have signed off on a deal, which we agreed on 18 months ago, to hand over the Philip Street land, which has been a challenge for both the state government and for the Gladstone City Council for a long period,' he said.

Council bought the land at a discounted price, with a deal for a community group to raise $150,000 a year over five years to buy the land back off council to prevent it from being developed.

However according to a spokesperson for the community group, it may be difficult for them to come up with the money due to the council not offering any practical assistance in the fundraising efforts.



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