Councillors meet concerned residents

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE City Councillors met 50 concerned residents yes- terday in relation to a residential proposal planned for New Auckland.

If approved by Council, the de- velopment would involve 617 res- idential lots constructed on bushland.

Residents showed concern about the proposal in relation to traffic issues, the loss of native bushland and privacy issues, with the proposed houses to be built close to existing houses in the area.

At one stage one of the resi- dents said the development, which had not yet gained final approval, was "for the developers and Council's back pockets.''

Another resident threatened to turn up at Council Chambers with placards to protest. Council tried to stem the con- cern in relation to traffic issues by referring to road upgrades, in- cluding Kirkwood Road.

However one resident pointed out that Kirkwood Road was at least five or six years off comple- tion, which would not relieve any of the immediate traffic issues Council received 28 submis- sions in relation to the proposal, more than most proposals receive.

Mayor Peter Corones said Council would take on board all the residents' concerns and make a decision at a meeting on Febru- ary 23.



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