Sanctuary Park expansion

AFTER years of work, the Sanctuary Park development near the Ring Road in Kepnock is nearly complete.

The fourth, and possibly final, stage went into the public notification period on Monday after a development application was lodged with Bundaberg Regional Council.

Santalucia Corporation spokesman Mark Wilson said the next stage of the Greathead Road development would add an extra 14 residential lots to the existing 63 lots.

“There is other land we have available across the creek, but at the moment we will not be developing that,” he said.

The new lots will have an average size of 958sq m and range in size from 760sq m to 1100sq m.

Mr Wilson said they hoped to have the development application through by the end of the year and to start constructing lots in the first quarter of next year.

The project's close could see some work disappear from the area.

“For us it keeps employed up to 20 people directly,” he said.

“For other services we use all local businesses and the same for local suppliers. There has been quite a flow-on effect of employment from there.”

Mr Wilson expected the stage four lots to sell well.

“We had actually sold stage three before we completed construction,” he said.

He declined to comment on the cost of converting the blocks of land to residential allotments.

Sanctuary Drive will need to be extended to give access to each of the blocks.

Sewerage and water will also need to be hooked up to the housing areas.

The development will also include 1.47 hectares of park land.