Dust up over bush clearing for New Auckland residents

LONG-TERM New Auckland residents are worried their properties are being devalued as a result of ongoing developments at the Vantage Estate.

Almost a decade after the initial stages of the Kirkwood Rd housing estate was announced, residents continue to voice their concerns to Gladstone Regional Council and developer Peet Limited.

The main concern centres on the recent removal of scrubland on a hill overlooking Leonie Ct and Katrina Bdv, at New Auckland.

It's believed residents have been in negotiations with council about the width of a buffer with their properties.

Concerned long-time resident Bernadette Hughes said she woke to her pool being covered by dust last weekend.

"The value of our homes now comes into question with developments removing our scenery," Ms Hughes said.

Peet Limited chief executive Brendan Gore said clearing work began on November 8, and notices were delivered to residents on the Sunday and Monday prior to the start of excavation.

GRC acting chief planner Helen Robertson said prospective homebuyers should consult with council prior to purchasing to verify if land is zoned for future development.

 

Robert Bragge with daughter Michaela Bragge, 4, is not happy about the procedure of the developement due to lack of communication.
Robert Bragge with daughter Michaela Bragge, 4, is not happy about the procedure of the developement due to lack of communication. Brenda Strong

ROBERT Bragge lives two streets from the action but says his life has been affected by the development.

Last Friday morning the Lois Ct resident woke to find his backyard covered in dust.

"Everything was covered. The pool and solar panels had dirt in them and the wife was cranky about having to do another load of washing," Robert said.

"We have to keep all our windows closed from now on while they continue construction."

Robert's house was blanketed after wind gusts blew dust from the top of the hill where construction started.

"I'd like to know why there aren't any water trucks wetting the soil so dust doesn't make its way to our property," he said.

"We need a decent buffer zone. It would be good if someone told us how large the buffer will be."

Robert said the development was sacrificing his family's dream to live in a leafy retreat away from industry in Gladstone.

 

Community meeting

  • An information session will be held at Katrina Bdv, New Auckland today.
  • It's expected to start at 4pm.
  • Residents will be given a tour of the construction site of the Stage 8 development.
  • Residents should wear enclosed working shoes and will be supplied with a hi-vis vest.


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