Benaraby locals excited about residential development plan

BENARABY locals are excited about a 151-lot rural development proposed for Awoonga Dam Rd that was granted preliminary approval from Gladstone Regional Council.

The proposal is for five rural allotments adjacent to the Boyne River subdivided into 151 lots through a staged rural residential development.

Benaraby Progress Association president Cecil Slatter said Benaraby was "crying out" for development.

"Of course we need a new development. Maybe we would get some more businesses out this way," he said.

Benaraby has one service station, and no facilities for local youth.

Mr Slatter said the township needed investment. He wants to see a skate park for young people, who he said had no place to go for fun.

"Calliope gets plenty of development, and Boyne Island and Tannum are doing all right," he said.

Benaraby Progress Association treasurer Valda Garson said she hoped a new residential development would mean there would be new people and more infrastructure for the township.

"I think it's up to us to try and develop the township," she said. "It seems to be at a bit of a lull at the present time.

"We're all getting older... we need some new people in the town."

Councillors have some concerns with the development.

Regional strategy portfolio spokesman Matt Burnett said site constraints and potential flooding impacts needed to be addressed by the development.

"Issuing a preliminary approval provides the applicant with the opportunity to redesign and reduce the proposed subdivision to address council's requirements," Cr Burnett said.

The location of the proposed development was not within the area identified by the council as preferred for development, he said.

"Council has also commissioned several background studies into the preparation of the new planning scheme which identified that growth in Benaraby should be to the north of the development site," Cr Burnett said.

THE PLAN:

  • Change in density from rural to rural residential
  • 160ha site at 455 Awoonga Dam Rd
  • Five rural lots to be split into 151 residential allotments
  • Application process began in May, 2013


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