Drainage concern for units

DESPITE concern about drainage surrounding an application to construct 64 units at Thabeban, the proposal was carried at yesterday's Bundaberg Regional Council planning meeting.

The Gauci Developments application, to remove an existing dwelling and associated outbuildings to construct 64 units on site at Wilmington Road, caused debate over drainage in the flat surrounding area, which was deemed a council responsibility.

Councillor Mary Wilkinson said she had “grave concerns” for the lack of drainage in the area.

“I personally wouldn't build it,” Cr Wilkinson said.

“It's going to be a big development and it's going to be difficult to drain.

“I am very torn.”

While the drainage system for the development itself was considered appropriate, council had received correspondence from residents nearby the proposed application, which voiced their concerns about the “already inadequate” drainage in the area.

Brenda and Alan Cochrane live near the site, and said in their experience, “the existing drainage for the area of Wilmington Road, Cortes Drive and Goodwood Road is already inadequate”.

They used the example of the “completely inadequate” drainage system at the corner of Kelly Street and Goodwood Road as already unable to cope with run-off.

“We are not against future development as long as current problems are not compounded,” they said.

The application was voted for by councillors Greg Barnes, Tony Riccardi, Ross Sommerfeld and Wayne Honor, with Cr Wilkinson against.

The unit development will be a combination of 12 single-storey two-bedroom units, 20 single-storey three-bedroom units, 16 two-storey two-bedroom units and 16 two-storey three-bedroom units.

The proposal included communal facilities (of a swimming pool, tennis court, pergola and barbecue area) within a buffer area.

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