Mayor hits at agents on bush claims
By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE mayor Peter Corones took a veiled swipe at local real estate agents this week about providing false or misleading information to buyers.
Cr Corones said he had been disturbed to hear residents in New Auckland had been told by real estate agents that the area where the new Kaleentha Park Development was to be built would never be developed.
Leonie Court residents David and Shannon Natoli were among buyers who claimed they had been misled when buying their property. A copy of an internet advertisment for their property from December 2003 supports the claim.
The advertisment said:'The bushland at the rear of this home will never be developed and makes for a delightful outlook.'
Despite the promise of a green belt through the development, Mr Natoli said he had not got what he bought.
'The reason we bought the property was because we were told that it wouldn't be developed,' Mr Natoli said.
'We wanted the privacy of the hill.
'If I had have known that it was going to be developed I don't know if we would have bought here.'
He said if there was any possibility that the land was ever going to be sold and developed it should have been made clear to buyers.
Cr Corones said he was annoyed it was left to council to clear the confusion.
'When I first heard that I was quite disturbed,' Cr Corones said.
'We then had to explain to the residents that the area was zoned urban and could be developed.'
He said it was imperative buyers did their own research.
'People have got to check the facts with the local authority,' he said.
'Buyers beware. People should check before they sign on the dotted line.'