Uncertainty over Calliope bus depot move
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE is still uncertainty over the possibility of a bus depot in the centre of Calliope.
An application to move Calliope Coaches to land in Muirhead Street was approved by council yesterday, however some costly conditions were attached.
All areas where vehicles move will have to be sealed and a two metre wide landscape buffer will have to be established to reduce concerns of lights shining into residences and to improve aesthetics.
A sizeable contribution will also have to be made to council's sewerage, water and road contribution funds. Concerned parties also have the option of appealing the decision in court.
Yesterday a spokesperson for Calliope Coaches said the business would have to weigh up the merits of going ahead with their planned move given the costs.
'Any special conditions imposed by the council in granting this application will need to be assessed by us for their financial viability,' the spokesperson said.
Muirhead resident Penny Jones left Calliope Shire Council's meeting where the application was approved yesterday in tears.
The facility is to be situated directly across from her residence, and she fears the noise, smell of diesel fumes and increased traffic will send the standard of living and property values through the floor.