Calliope to fast-track new Boyne bridge
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A MASTER-PLANNED community of 2000 houses and units and other developments could fast-track plans for a second bridge to link Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.
Calliope Shire Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said council had already begun planning for the bridge to meet expected rapid growth at Boyne Tannum.
He said a recent traffic study confirmed the need for a second bridge for Boyne Tannum, which was the premier residential precinct of the region.
Mr Kanofski said council has identified land, and in some areas acquired land, for the connecting corridors of the bridge on the south bank of the Boyne River on the Tannum Sands side to the north bank past Pioneer Industrial Estate at Boyne Island.
He said at a normal growth scenario the bridge may be needed before the year 2020, but in a high growth scenario it may be needed in seven years time.
If it proceeded, the master-planned community, expected to accommodate between 5400 and 6000 people, was the development most likely to put the pressure on the council for a new bridge .
The Reward Advantage proposal has already been granted approval by the council.
The residential neighbourhood will occupy most of the master-planned site with a mix of lot sizes.
It will also comprise its own commercial centre, community facilities, open space and recreation areas.
Reward spokesman Peter Trantafilovic said the proponents were on track to having the first residents living in the master-planned community by the end of 2006.
When completed and occupied, the development is expected to double the current Boyne Tannum population.