Office plan recommended for approval
A GYMPIE councillor successfully moved this week to recommend approval of a professional office development, after arguing that the old Cooloola Shire planning scheme was wrong.
Cr Donna Neilson moved that council reject staff advice that the proposal was in a residential zone, saying it was really in a commercial area, on the fourth corner of an intersection in which the three other corners were all zoned commercial.
The proposed office, in Exhibition Road and Leonard Street, Southside, was only technically residential, she said.
“Across the road is a cabinet maker and a real estate agent. Three doors down a medical centre is being built and it is diagonally opposite shops and right beside a set of units.
“Because there has been a display home there, which attracted people to it, I don’t believe an office operated by the same firm would attract more people,” she said.