Council decision on over-50s village deferred to later date
UPDATE - Tuesday 6pm
DISCUSSION surrounding the proposed Station Creek Lifestyle Village at Benaraby lasted barely five minutes at today's Gladstone Regional Council's meeting.
Council opted to defer the matter to a later date to give the developers more time to view 35-page report.
Station Creek Lifestyle Village project manager Jason Sullivan was only made aware of council's recommendation to refuse the development application after viewing the meeting agenda late Monday afternoon.
Mr Sullivan said they had no choice but to request the item be put on hold.
"We're obviously disappointed in the approach council has taken and the fact that we only became aware of the report as it was posted on the council website at 4pm on Monday," Mr Sullivan said.
"We are also disappointed for the 527 community members who took their time to express their support for the project and also support from the community in general.
"We have chosen to stop the clock on the project to consider the report further and will respond in a timely fashion."
EARLIER - Tuesday 5am
GLADSTONE Regional Council is expected to knock back a development application for the proposed Station Creek Lifestyle Village located at Benaraby.
The council listed 11 grounds for refusal, with one of those relating to the content of "76 submissions in objection".
The project was spearheaded by the Mann brothers - Jonathan and Michael - with the land in question purchased by their grandfather more than 150 years ago.
The $300 million project was set to be located on the corner of Tannum Sands Rd and the Bruce Highway and feature 510 lots (including RV-friendly lots) and an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Graham Marsh.
The development's proximity to Benaraby Motor Sport Precinct and Benaraby Landfill had also raised conjecture during the public notification period.
Today's meeting is shaping up as an agenda-heavy one with 13 items up for discussion including confidential items relating to the Philip Street Precinct and sale of land for arrears of rates.
Gladstone Bowls Club chairman Graham McVean will also present a deputation on behalf of the Gladstone Anzac Memorial, Bowls and Citizen Club.
Mr McVean is expected to signal the club's intent to acquire freehold tenure of land occupied by the Gladstone Bowls Club Inc and seek permission to submit a planning application for proposed renovations.
Mr McVean will be joined by Gladstone RSL Sub Branch president Harry Tattersall and bowls club vice chair Lori Miller for the presentation, expected to begin at 11am.
Gladstone Festivals and Events Association Inc will present its deputation at 11.45am to present an overview on the two council events it manages - Australia Day and Ecofest.
Other items on the agenda include a review of the Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee, a review of the Gladstone Region Youth Council and amendments on the existing 2019/2020 fees and charges relating to Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre and regional libraries.
The council's meeting will be held at its Goondoon St office from 9am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.