Boyne Island's plan given nod
A MULTI-million dollar development at Boyne Island, which has divided the community for years, has been given preliminary approval.
Gladstone Regional Council approved a Material Change of Use application for a development that could mean four residential towers, a supermarket, cinema, retail outlets, medical centre, tavern, food court and space for a department store on a site bounded by Hampton Drive, Wyndham Avenue and Arthur Street.
The four residential towers will be six storeys, eight storeys, 10 storeys and 12 storeys.
Council planning director Andrew Kearns said of the 133 submissions received last year during the public notification period, that 50 per cent were opposed and 50 per cent were supportive of the development.
He said of those which opposed, the general themes of concern were scale of the development height, character of the area and traffic.
Cr Maxine Brushe said it was in an area that would have the least impact on residential areas.
“I do see it as a significant change to the character of Boyne/Tannum,” she said.
“I have some real concerns of where that tavern is located.”
Cr Lyn Paton said it was a head-and-heart decision. The “head” decision had led the way as council had had to make a decision on whether the application complied with its planning scheme.
The developers indicated in the application that the project would be built in stages between 2014 and 2020.
However, Mr Kearns said there was only a five-year approval period, which meant the whole development had to be completed in five-years.
Mr Kearns said if not completed within five-years, a new application would have to be submitted and it would need to comply with the new planning scheme being drafted by council.