Hanson Rd area set for retail expansion

COUNCILLORS were divided over the future of Hanson Rd during Tuesday's Gladstone Regional Council general meeting as the future of the zone as a precinct was closely scrutinised.

Councillors discussed the viability of the area to accommodate retail as well as low-impact industry and mixed business, as documented in the Gladstone Plan 2006.

The plan restricted retail opportunities on Hanson Rd, designated for non-retail mixed business and industry activities only.

Since 2006, an application for a similar precinct has been received by council in the vicinity of Kirkwood Rd, for the purpose of developing a bulky goods and automotive centre.

Councillors were left to re-examine the draft planning scheme, and specifically, whether to centralise future developments at Kirkwood Rd, or to allow retail expansion to proceed at Hanson Rd.

Deputy mayor Matt Burnett supported the future growth of both precincts, citing business owners had a right to set up shop where they liked.

He said council had formerly supported business growth on Hanson Rd and should continue to do so.

He said it was "disgraceful telling businesses the only place to go is Kirkwood".

Cr Karen Porter said she feared Gladstone was becoming fragmented.

Councillors Matt Burnett, Leo Neill-Ballantine, Rick Hanson and Graham McDonald opposed the recommendation, which passed with the support of the remaining five.

It is hoped that Hanson Rd will retain its pride as the automative centre for Gladstone, while the proposed Kirkwood development will accommodate bulky goods.

COUNCIL APPROVALS

  • A rural bus set down at Josefski Rd, Agnes Water
  • The removal of two car parks at the Bramston St Auckland St intersection
  • Construction of a car park at Willmott St, Gladstone
  • The appointment of Rob Kidd, Cheryl Wickes and Grant Cooper to the Major Events Advisory Panel
  • Gladstone Mountain Biking Club was granted a five-year lease for use of trails between Haddock Dr to Booroo Rd


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