Media Release – ELLIOTT HEADS DEVELOPMENT GAINS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

The biggest development application ever to be handled within the region has been given preliminary approval by Bundaberg Regional Council.

The proposed Master Planned Community at Elliott Heads will see the coastal town’s population increase by 800 per cent over 20 years.

At this week’s Planning Meeting (August 19) Council’s Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the development would have numerous benefits for the Bundaberg region.

“Not only will it provide jobs during its construction phase but it looks to provide a retirement village, resort, medical services and retail shops which will not only be of benefit to existing residents but help us to attract more people to our region,” Cr Sommerfeld said.

While the developer’s proposal to build in excess of 3000 homes over 20 years as part of a master planned community was approved, the developer’s application to build separate water and sewage treatment facilities was refused with Council requiring the developer to connect to the Council water and sewerage network. Cr Sommerfeld said this was addressed in the infrastructure agreement approved at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on August 13.

The development would see Elliott Heads’ current population of 680 homes and 1000 residents grow by more than 3000 homes and 8500 to 9500 people.

Cr Sommerfeld said the development, which includes 238 hectares of urban development, was a “significant proposal”.

“It is certainly the largest development application ever seen by this Council. This is, however, just the preliminary approval and the developer will need to seek development permits before any construction takes place.”

Divisional representative Cr Danny Rowleson said while some residents living at Elliott Heads may be unsure about the affects of the development on their community, he wanted to ensure their “coastal lifestyle” would be maintained.

“This developer has stated numerous times that his plan is not to change the quality of lifestyle enjoyed by Elliott Heads residents but simply make that lifestyle available to more people,” Cr Rowleson said.

He said he was an advocate for master planned estates and felt the expansion of Elliott Heads and subsequent addition of essential services was something residents had been looking forward to.

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