Development to be approved

A BLOCK of land at Benaraby, shaped like a mushroom, will be split into six parcels.

A development application was approved by Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday for the subdivision on Awoonga Dam Road.

The proposed lot sizes meet the minimum of 30 hectares as prescribed by the Calliope Shire Planning Scheme 2007. The site is reasonably constrained in terms the steepness of the land and the location of the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) easements across the site with respect to gaining access to the lots.

The subject site is situated about 4.6 kilometres from the Bruce Highway and 3.5km from Awoonga Dam. The site fronts Awoonga Dam Road to the east and Pikes Crossing Road to the north and west.

Two existing houses are located on the property, one house in the southern portion of the lot and one house on Pikes Crossing Road.

The land north of Tucker Gully is quite steep while the land to the south was relatively flat where the soil was more fertile and used for agricultural purposes.

The site contains existing easements in favour of the Gladstone Area Water Board for water infrastructure, access to the pipeline and the Golegumma Reservoir. Ergon Energy and Powerlink also have easements for electricity supply infrastructure over the site.

The applicant has applied to reconfigure the lots in three stages.



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