Residents oppose development
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JOANNE Gourley and her neighbours face the prospect of losing the reason they moved into their homes.
Gladstone City Council has received an application to turn bushland in the New Auckland area into 617 residential lots.
One resident Archie Draper said if he had known three years ago that the land could become suburban sprawl, he would not have bought there.
"We were told by the developer when we bought the land, that the bushland would stay in its native state,'' he said.
Jeff Waldon was also told when he moved to the area in May last year that the land would remain as bush.
Mr Waldon said it was important Gladstone maintained a balance between suburbia and nature.
The residents have started a letter box drop to surrounding houses asking them to oppose the plans.
They expect about 30 people will join them to oppose the application.
On top of losing the native bushland behind their houses, the residents are also concerned the extra houses may cause more traffic in the already stretched Beak Street/Penda Avenue area. However, according to Gladstone City Council planning manager Andrew Kearns, the application was consistent with Council's plans for the area.