Gladstone Regional Council's plan for the Boyne-Tannum area in the next 50 years.
Gladstone Regional Council's plan for the Boyne-Tannum area in the next 50 years.

Thriving town centre part of 50-year plan

RESIDENTS in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands can expect to see great benefits from a new town centre which is part of the Gladstone Regional Council's 50-year vision.

Tannum Sands resident of 30 years and local councillor Maxine Brushe said the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Structure Plan gave an insight to the region's future.

"What we are missing is a town centre and the structure plan shows where we could have that, at the area around the current Boyne shopping centre and the additional shopping centre planned adjacent to the John Oxley Bridge," she said.

"We have two communities (Boyne Island and Tannum Sands) divided by a river, but we also have other communities now starting to develop as well like Riverstone Rise and The Sands.

"We need to make sure we have effective pathways and road systems so our community stays as a cohesive social environment."

Also included in the plan are a public pool and sports facility, retirement village and a second bridge.

But there are no time frames given for when they will be completed.

"There are a lot of aspirational projects in the structural plan, but when they happen depends on funding," Cr Brushe said.

Mayor Gail Sellers said a second bridge connecting Boyne Island and Tannum Sands was a high priority among the projects.

"The current bridge is identified as getting close to capacity and we need an orderly way of growing Tannum and Boyne," Cr Sellers said.

The projects were structured on 50-year time frames.

Cr Sellers said when they were completed depended on securing funding.

A lot has been taken from this and gone into the drafting of the council's new planning scheme and as it should, there's a purpose for all this.

"A lot of community interest and anticipation went into this," Cr Sellers said.

It was one of three structural plans made across the region, including Calliope and Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy.

The initial meeting saw 80 residents have their say on what should be included.

The plans are detailed in a 50-year strategic vision document for the township released by Gladstone Regional Council this week.

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