The Glen Drive-In's fate is sealed
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ANOTHER Gladstone landmark will be lost, with confirmation The Glen Drive-In will close its gates.
A development application over the drive-in land was given approval by Gladstone City Council on Tuesday, marking the end of the local attraction.
Drive-in owner Keith Upton said while it would be sad to close the gates, it was just a sign of the times.
'I know there will be a lot of disappointed people in Gladstone,' Mr Upton said.
'But the thing is nothing lasts forever, if I could turn the clock back 20 or 30 years to how it was I would.'
The Glen is one of only six drive-ins in Queensland.
Mr Upton, who has been involved in the Gladstone movie scene for nearly 70 years, said it was just time he and his wife called it a day.
'We're just at an age where we can't continue,' Mr Upton said.
A residential application for the drive-in land was announced in December, prompting community concern at its potential closure.
It resulted in five submissions being sent in opposition to the proposal.
'As well as the concern of losing the drive-in, a cheap family entertainment venue, people were also concerned about the contradictions of the development, such as traffic,' said Gladstone City Council planning manager Andrew Kearns.
However despite the objections, the council voted unanimously to pass the development application.
The site will now be turned into a 47-block residential subdivision, including vacant land beside the drivein, which was also owned by Mr Upton.
Foreman Projects director Andrew Foreman said work would begin on the site within two to three months, but it is not known how much longer the drive-in would operate.
The company was building residential blocks alongside the drive-in.