Site approved

SOME Gympie Region Councillors may have voiced their concerns over allowing a 60 site caravan park to be built across the road from the Curra Country Club but locals love the idea.

The material change of use for the site along David Drive to be used as a caravan park went through Wednesday’s Planning and Development Committee with a green light.

Cr Jan Watt said there was a potential for most of the park’s 60 sites to become permanent residences for people of a lower socio-economic status and she was worried about it being located near the Country Club.

But, on the other hand, she was all for it being a tourist destination.

Other councillors expressed their concerns about permanent residents moving in saying there were not enough facilities.

A social impact assessment submitted to council in support of the application showed that residents likely to occupy the development on a permanent basis included single people, a high number of retirees and people of a lower socio-economic status.

Council’s Town Planning officer Craven Ovenden and Development and Compliance manager Tanya Stenholm wrote in a report the proposal was likely to exacerbate existing social issues in the Curra community and apply further pressure on community agencies and support services to assist future residents.

Curra residents support the idea of the caravan park though, saying it will boost local jobs and bring more people into the area.

Local Kyle Innes said building it across from the Country Club wouldn’t be a bad thing as the club was only open from 2pm to 7pm.

The caravan park is being developed by Catalist Securities and Hoskings and Associates on the 3.66 hectare block just off the Bruce Highway.

Their proposal is for 49 caravan sites, seven cabins and four tent sites with a community room and manager’s residence.

An existing dam at the centre of the site is to stay and four separate male and female amenities blocks will be built.

In the block between the caravan park site and the Bruce Highway the same applicants have had plans for a hotel, bottle shop and shopping precinct approved but have since sold the site off to new owners.

One of those owners, commercial property consultant Kevin Verrills, said the hotel proposal would give Curra a boost.

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