Shire delays development
THE proponents of Tannum Sands' largest residential development say unreasonable demands by Calliope Shire Council could frustrate the start of their project this year.
Reward Advantage spokesman Peter Trandafilovic said the group believed it would be able to begin the first stage of the development in four to six weeks after lodgement of layout and engineering plans for stage one.
"From our recent talks with council we thought we were in the starting blocks and would reasonably expected to be able to call tenders for engineering about May/June,'' he said.
However, a letter from council last week told them the process would take four to six months from lodgement.
"Previously we had been made to understand that we had everything in place and all that was required was a routine process of ticking the boxes.
"We were expecting to start construction in July/September. "They owe us an explanation why they haven't made the project a priority in view of all the preparations we have made.''
Council's corporate service director Mark Larney said he could understand the group's frustrations.
"But it won't be council that will hold up the process,'' he said.
"Under the IPA (Integrated Planning Act) an application has got to follow procedures and processes which could include referral to any number of government agencies for a response.
"In any case, so far council had received nothing from Reward Advantage but concept plans.''
Reward Advantage has a 2000 allotment proposal in a master plan to be developed in several stages near Wild Cattle Creek.