Brakes put on building of new Calliope caravan park

PLANS to build a new caravan park in Calliope have been dealt a blow by Gladstone Regional Council over concerns it would attract permanent live-in industry workers instead of tourists.

Since the building proposal was made with council in February this year, more than 138 people have signed a petition to lobby against the Racecourse Rd and Taragoola Rd development.

At Tuesday's Gladstone Regional Council meeting, councillors sided with residents who had concerns over potential traffic accidents along the stretch of road.

Gladstone Regional councillor Leo Neill-Ballantine said the caravan park would threaten Calliope's rural heritage.

"A blind man on a galloping horse can see it's not going to be used for grey nomads and tourists," Mr Neill-Ballantine said.

"If developments like this go ahead, Calliope won't stay a rural community."

GRC's acting chief planner argued the development wouldn't allow for permanent structures on site and insisted tourists would be prioritised.

But councillor Maxine Brushe said any new accommodation facilities would be snapped up by workers.

"I have a real concern that it is just workers accommodation under a different name," Cr Brushe said.

"I think there are very few caravan parks in this region that have tourists in them at all, simply because the accommodation crisis that we are in."

Councillor Karen Porter said she was concerned about community uproar if the project were to go ahead.

"If 130 plus people say they don't want this development, then that is a cause for concern," Cr Porter said.

The motion to defer the development application until the New Year was moved by councillor Ren Lanzon and seconded by Cr Porter.

Gladstone Regional Council will resume on January 12.

Tourism woes

  • Gladstone showgrounds.
  • Barney Point caravan park.
  • Benaraby Workers Accommodation was previously a caravan park.

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