Residents uproar over link plans
RESIDENTS of The Cove acreage estate on the outskirts of Agnes Water were shocked to discover a proposal for a high-speed link road between Baffle Creek and Agnes Water going right through their sleepy hideaway.
As part of the Gladstone Regional Council’s Our Place Our Plan document, roads connecting Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy with Turkey Beach in the north and Baffle Creek in the south are up for discussion – and some residents are not happy with the proposed routes.
Aurelio Allegritti, who has recently completed his home on Streeter Drive in the Cove Estate, said he was dismayed to discover the quiet country drive was earmarked by the council as part of the preferred option.
“Being a landowner I am naturally concerned about the increase in noise and air pollution if this proposal went ahead,” Mr Allegritti said.
“Essentially, the estate was not designed to carry a high-speed thoroughfare.
“I bought there because we love Agnes Water; it’s quiet. Some people feel they got those great big power poles when they didn’t want them, the desal (desalination) plant and now a high-speed road.”
A number of disgruntled residents voiced their concerns with the council at a meeting in Agnes Water last week and were assured it was a matter that was up for discussion and they could put in objections to council by Sunday, August 15.
While many, or perhaps most, residents and ratepayers in the district see benefits in linking Agnes/1770 with Baffle Creek and Turkey Beach there are real concerns as to the chosen routes.
Council allocated $180,000 in this month’s budget to commission a study into the feasibility and need for the roads.
Councillor responsible for roads, Matt Burnett, said the proposal was more a long-term thing, but people had to make their feelings and wishes known to council early.
“Our plan is to build connecting roads between Turkey Beach, Agnes Water and Baffle Creek,” Cr Burnett said.
“From our point of view it is a very long-term plan – more of a vision – but we had to put something (a proposal) on the table for people to consider.
“If people have concerns about the route then now is the time to speak up.”