Tannum developer has big plans but wants council on board
TANNUM Sands could get an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a 24-hour medical centre if the plans of one of the region's biggest residential developers are realised.
The Sands development includes 2000 residential lots, and developer Lyons Capital want Gladstone Regional Council to support the future community by backing a new bridge over the Boyne River.
Project investor Paul Little last week addressed a Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd business luncheon to outline the massive development.
"We originally completed the viability for this project assuming the bridge wasn't there, because you can never project the outcome of these things - and it was quite viable," he said.
"The subdivision will go ahead whether the bridge goes ahead or not."
But he said the proposed link - an extension of Pioneer Dr that the council says will cost $60 million - would prompt the developer to deliver more services to the region, including a pool and medical centre, as well as childcare and a sports ground.
Council has told the developer it will carry over $5 million for research and design of the project, committed in last year's budget.