Council-acquired land will go up for auction
NINE Gladstone Regional Council-owned parcels of land will go to auction, in a move the mayor says should help the small township expand.
"The Ubobo community has for a number of years urged council to acquire the formerly state-owned parcels of land so they can be placed on the market," Councillor Gail Sellers said.
"The community is keen to increase the local population and it is hoped the sale of these nine parcels of land will encourage new residents to the township.
Four of the land parcels which front Railway Terrace will go to auction early in 2016.
Cr Sellers said the process of acquiring the land had taken more than 12 months and would not have been possible were it not for the support of its Native Title claimants.
"In the next few months the land will be cleared and Ergon Energy will provide electricity infrastructure to all nine parcels with council to upgrade Railway Terrace adjacent to the four parcels of land fronting it.
"That will be followed by the auction of the four lots which, if successful, will be followed by the auctioning of the five McDonald St parcels at a later date."
The council was formally notified of its acquisition of the native and non-native title rights over the Ubobo land by the State of Queensland Government Gazette on July 17.