The economic potential of coastal areas has been unlocked, with new investment in residential development poised to drive growth in building trades and boost jobs.
Completion of the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant last year was the catalyst for Council receiving two recent development applications at Coral Cove.
One is for a 28 home subdivision over land within Coral Cove Resort, located on Pebble Beach Drive.
Bundaberg Regional Council Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the applicant had proposed to develop 28 units in addition to community land.
“This application no doubt proposes to build upon the enviable lifestyle on offer in the Bundaberg Region,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“This site is in close proximity to the coastline and is bordered by golf course fairways to the north, west and south.
“The applicant proposes to develop a mix of two, three and four bedroom units centralised around communal pool and barbecue facilities.”
Sewerage scheme enables development
Cr Sommerfeld said forward planning as part of Council’s coastal sewerage strategy was facilitating development right along the coastline.
“Preliminary approval for this development was granted in 2012 however the project had not progressed because there was not sufficient sewerage infrastructure to service the proposed development.
“Now that those issues have been resolved the developer has been in a position to submit this material change of use application.”
He said another example was the recent requests to extend the approval period for stages 23 and 32 to 34 of the Coral Cove estate, subdivisions providing an additional 73 residential lots on Barolin Esplanade, also in Coral Cove.
“The applicant explained that there had not been a market for his proposal since gaining the initial approval in 2015. But they now believe that economic conditions are more favourable, linking this change to Council’s investment in sewerage infrastructure.
“This is another example of the construction of Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant and subsequent infrastructure upgrades helping to maintain momentum in the Bundaberg Region.”
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