Operational works have started on a public housing development in Coop Street, but councillors are worried about on-site parking spaces.
Operational works have started on a public housing development in Coop Street, but councillors are worried about on-site parking spaces.

MP concerned about public housing

MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson is concerned about a public housing development in Coop Street.

He wrote to Gympie Regional Council asking of their position on the development for 15 two-bedroom units.

Mr Gibson told The Gympie Times he wanted to make sure the development didn’t cause problems in the future.

He has also written to the Department of Communities asking for more information and said he wanted to make sure there was enough parking on-site for the people who would live in the units.

But he also said it was good news to hear the government was investing in more public housing, which was needed in the region.

The proposal allows for 15 uncovered parking spaces, but under council’s planning rules 15 covered spaces and 7.5 extra covered or uncovered spaces would be needed as a minimum.

In council’s last Planning and Development committee meeting Mayor Ron Dyne and Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett expressed concerns about the amount of on-site parking.

“There’s not a great deal we can do about it, the State Government trumps us,” Cr Perrett said.

“They (the State Government) seem to think people in community housing don’t have cars,” Cr Dyne said.

Councillors have advised Mr Gibson of their concerns with the limited amount of off street parking and public housing, under the State’s Sustainable Planning Act, didn’t need council approval.

Gympie Times


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