Beach estate grows nowhere
FAR from the beach-side paradise it was meant to be, the failed Bargara Beach Estate has been labelled an eyesore and danger to the community.
“It’s a fire risk, not to mention a haven for snakes and rats,” Bargara resident Christine Lowrie said.
At the Moodies Road block, grass rises more than a metre tall, while the gates leading into the estate are daubed with graffiti.
The only people who go onto the land are hoons who perform burn-outs on the
otherwise unused roads, and the rodents that forage through the bags of rubbish dumped there.
Mrs Lowrie said the overgrown land was not only dangerous, but it had also started affecting property prices.
“It’s a big eyesore. I’ve heard real estate agents saying that no one wants to live near it – they drive past and say, ‘no thanks’,” she said.
“It detracts from our properties, and it’s a health and safety issue.”
She said her neighbours had several snakes in their yard, which were likely to have come from the jungle-like block.
The project, by former Australian cricketer Craig McDermott’s company Maxen Developments, was approved in November 2005, but stalled when the business went into liquidation in June 2008.
But Bundaberg Regional Council director of health and environment Greg
Savage said the council’s hands were tied.
As the land does not belong to the council, they would be trespassing if they took mower to the unslightly mess.
“We have no legal right to go on the land, so we would usually ask the developer to clear it, but he is in receivership,” Mr Savage said.
“We have served the
receivers with notices, but they have been returned unopened.”
He said the council was aware of the dangers, and did the best it could by mowing a firebreak around the block.
“It’s been in receivership for three years and it hasn’t been touched in that time,” Mr Savage said.
“It’s a legal nightmare.”