Residents protest at coach depot move
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
DEBATE continues to rage over the relocation of Calliope Coaches to the centre of the third-fastest growing centre in Central Queensland.
Already 189 residents have signed a petition against the move to Muirhead Street, Calliope, while 29 have signed a petition against its present Menzies Street location.
Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham put forward her solution to the issue this week.
Mrs Cunningham said a move to the township's outskirts near the old tip would please residents and only add about half a kilometre to the business' travel distance.
'The Calliope tip site is only half a kilometre extra than their Menzies Street site,' Mrs Cunningham said.
'The decision to allow light industry in the centre of town needs to be reviewed.
'People have known for years that the rail line is there but bringing in a third party is a backward step in terms of town planning.
'It would be better for it to be on the outskirts.'
Ms Cunningham said the alternative site was away from main thoroughfares while being close enough to town to make it economically viable.
'I'm calling for some discussion between Calliope Shire Council and Calliope Coaches. I'd also be happy to talk to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines,' she said.
A spokesperson for Calliope Coaches said she had spoken to Ms Cunningham but declined to comment any further.