Woodgate sees wave of development activity

DEVELOPMENT is progressing in Woodgate as an application extension for nine units, a cafe and a shop for the town's Esplanade sits with the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Woodgate and District Residents Association president John Trevor felt the Woodgate community would, for the most part, be accepting of this type of development.

"Whoever is going to open and run them would have to do their homework on the area though," Mr Trevor said.

He said the community felt future developments should adhere to the current relaxed style living in Woodgate and would not like to see the township turned into another Bargara.

"God forbid," Mr Trevor said.

The application for Woodgate was originally lodged and approved with the then Isis Shire Council in 2007 but the development was never completed.

An associated development, Woodgate Beach Houses was approved at the same time as the cafe, shop and nine units.

The beach houses sit at rear of the current application site on the Woodgate Esplanade.

Mr Trevor said he remembered talk of a cafe, shop and units when the beach houses first started construction.

He felt the Woodgate community had ample cafes and shops for day to day living but said during peak times and holidays, more would be useful to visitors.

Sunshine Coast based consultancy company RPS Group is now managing the application on behalf of property owner Roger Lewin.

RPS senior planner Ben Walsh said the application before the council was the development's second extension request since 2007.

The current approval for the development lapses tomorrow.

Woodgate divisional representative Tony Ricciardi said he did not see any problems with the application being extended.

Cr Ricciardi said the development had gone into receivership in previous years.

The previous application to extend the approval was submitted in 2012 by Solutions in Property as National Australia Bank (NAB) was the mortgagee in possession.

But Cr Ricciardi said the property now had a new owner who was looking to progress the development.

Mr Walsh confirmed Mr Lewin had intentions to progress with the works if approved for a two-year extension by the council.

Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said if what Mr Lewin was proposing was consistent with the current council scheme, it should be approved for an extension.   "We want to see things happening," Cr Sommerfeld said.

The nine units will be no higher than two storeys, nine metres above ground level.

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