Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe chats with Gladstone locals Bob and Jean Warren at Clinton on Monday morning.
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe chats with Gladstone locals Bob and Jean Warren at Clinton on Monday morning. Jen Tybell

ULDA a letdown: Council

GLADSTONE Regional Council's concerns over growth management in the Urban Development Area (UDA) earmarked for Clinton have been ignored by the state authority.

At the council's general meeting yesterday, Cr Hanson said he was told at a recent financial management and sustainability workshop that the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) would sit down with council to deliver outcomes that reflect the individual council's planning schemes and that they will contribute to community infrastructure.

“I haven't seen that yet,” Cr Hanson said at the council meeting.

“We didn't see that happen recently for a council on the Sunshine Coast that was railroaded by the authority,” Cr Butler said.

“My concern is that I fear that ratepayers will fund the infrastructure.”

Cr Hanson said it seems almost certain that they want the infrastructure charging regime to change and be replaced by some other form of partial cost recovery.

“It was disturbing to hear that these costs could be absorbed by rating or borrowings,” Cr Hanson said.

The entire 17ha site, 6km from the Gladstone CBD will provide up to 200 new homes, with 60 per cent at or below the current median house price in Gladstone of $355,000.

In May, Clinton resident Chris Wallis, whose home backs onto the new development, said a housing site of only 250 square metres should be in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.

“Gladstone has got miles around to move and has no need for housing sites that small,” Mr Wallis said.

However, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe told The Observer last week it was misinformation.

“Dense housing does not make denser forms of housing, does not make less prosperous inhabitants and it does not make for disadvantaged communities,” he said.



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