Carinya townhouse project rejected
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
CARINYA residents have shown people power can still make a difference in a battle against big business.
A vocal band of residents cheered in the gallery as councillors voted to overturn an application for 56 high density units in their suburb this week.
Jenny Yates said she was "extremely happy'' with the council's decision.
"I am not against development, just the high density housing,'' Ms Yates said.
The proposed develop-ment was to include 16 townhouses on one lot and a further 40 townhouses on another lot of the same size, as well as a parkland area.
THE proposal, put forward by building constructor KM Kearney, had 16 townhouses on one lot (12,000 m2) and 40 town houses (12,130 m2) on another.
The third lot was proposed to be parkland area, approximately 2.25 hectares, which was slightly less than 50 per cent of the site.
Carinya resident Scott Toms said he was pleased with the outcome.
"It was a good result in the end, the whole place needs to be developed, but a residential zone is preferable,'' Mr Toms said.
He said a major concern for residents was increased traffic congestion, particularly around Clinton State School and on Harvey Road, which was already a problem and would be exacerbated by high density development.
Councillor Chris Trevor, who opposed the development, agreed. "Development shouldn't proceed at any cost,'' Cr Trevor said.
During the meeting, a proposal to reduce the number of dwellings was put forward, but this was also rejected by the council. However, the developer now has the right to appeal the decision.
Attempts made by The Observer to contact KM Kearney developers yesterday were unsuccessful.