The site for the proposed water tank on the ridge at the top of Seventeen Seventy, in the Joseph Banks Conservation Park.
The site for the proposed water tank on the ridge at the top of Seventeen Seventy, in the Joseph Banks Conservation Park. Rob Black

Gladstone Council plan 'eyesore'

THE ratepayers of Seventeen Seventy reckon the Gladstone Regional Council has done it again – making decisions in the iconic seaside hamlet without taking into account the wants and needs of the residents.

Members of the 1770 Action Group said the council planned to build a huge concrete water tank on the highest point of the ridge above Round Hill that would be an eyesore.

“Without any prior community consultation Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) plans to erect a concrete water reservoir 20m wide and 5m high on the ridge top of the headland at Seventeen Seventy within a gazetted reservoir site in the Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Park,” the residents said in a statement.

“Local residents are not opposed to the building of the reservoir as such, however are strongly opposed to the potential high visibility of this structure from the ocean/eastern side.

“This contradicts GRC’s own town plan for Seventeen Seventy which recognises the importance of the preservation of the iconic natural landscape, as observed by Lt Cook and the crew of HMS Endeavour in May 1770, by prohibiting structures along ridge lines.”

Action Group spokesman Peter Bergman said residents were told by council they would get back to them this week when an engineer concerned returned to work on Monday, but had heard nothing by yesterday.

Resident Lyn Dau said she had been in contact with Cr Matt Burnett who had suggested there might be a way of reducing the visual impact of the reservoir, but had not heard anything more from council officers.

Cr Burnett was in meetings yesterday, but told The Observer by email he would get the officer responsible to give more details about any decision on the water tank. Calls to council were not returned yesterday afternoon.

This contradicts GRC’s own town plan for Seventeen Seventy



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