Units have councillors worried

A PROPOSAL to build 59 dwelling units at the Twin Lakes Caravan Park along Hall Road had councillors worried about the future last week.

Gympie Region Councillor Larry Friske said he had “very serious concerns” about the development because it was “right in the middle of an industrial area”.

Cr Friske said he had previously been told council needed to plan for the future and, although affordable housing was needed, adding 59 units to the existing caravan park was like putting a “time bomb” in the middle of an industrial area.

Eventually industry in the vicinity of the units would be threatened, he said, as people complained about their proximity.

“It would be a backwards step to allow this to happen,” he said.

Council’s Director of Planning and Development Mike Hartley said there would have been problems with the development if it was a greenfield site, but the development already existed and the proposal, which was recommended to councillors for approval, was merely an extension.

Cr Friske went on to move a motion that held the application, pending discussions with the applicant in relation to possible alternative uses for the site.

And Cr Tony Perrett, who seconded the motion, said the discussions would include whether the land could be used for industry instead of residential use.

But Cr Donna Neilson said she suspected the caravan park existed before any businesses moved into the area.

“It’s totally against any good planning principles,” Cr Friske countered.

The motion to hold the matter over was carried.

Gympie Times


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