Council to vote on Urangan Hervey Bay skyscraper complex in the Fraser Coast

SKYSCRAPER PLANS: Details of the proposed skyscraper development in Urangan.

SKYSCRAPERS in Urangan could soon become a reality.

A development application for two 20 storey buildings in Urangan will be voted on by councillors on Thursday.

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f successful, the green light will be given for Anscape Pty Ltd to start planning for the development of the skyscraper complex.

Council documents outline the construction of two 20 storey buildings, containing a total of 390 units, on the corner of Charlton Esplanade and Boat Harbour Dr.

Plans for about 775 car parks, a swimming pool and a restaurant are also revealed in the application.

SKYSCRAPER PLANS: Details of the proposed skyscraper development in Urangan.Contributed

Deputy mayor George Seymour, who has been vocal in his opposition of the proposed development, said he would be looking at the details “closely.”

“I’m still against it, but we have to vote on the basis whether it meets the requirements of the planning scheme,” Cr Seymour said.

“It has to be approved if it meets the requirements of the planning scheme.”

Cr Seymour said he was opposed to the idea of skyscrapers in a town like Hervey Bay.

“It changes the density and character of towns,” he said.

“You go to areas like the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast and see what happens to the community when you increase the density in terms of traffic.

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Cinema complex, six-storey office block in Hervey Bay approved by Fraser Coast Regional Council

A $60 MILLION dollar shopping centre and cinema development has been given the green light by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Including a roof deck, underground car park, office buildings, a cinema and food court, the Urraween development was given the tick of approval by 10 of the 11 councillors.

Councillor Stuart Taylor was the only person to vote against the development.

The complex will be located on Bay Dr, Urraween opposite Stockland Hervey Bay.

Town planning firm Adam and Sparkes lodged the application on behalf of Quattro Liuzzi Pty Ltd last year, but it is unclear when construction will start.

Councillor Dennis Chapman said he was thrilled the development had been approved, adding that the construction of the project would bring jobs to the region.

He said the new cinema would be state of the art and would offer a great viewing experience for audiences.

“It’s top of the range, it’s all digital, all the latest technology that you can use in a cinema, that’s what they want to use in this cinema,” Cr Chapman said.

He said there were “five star offices” within the the development as well.

“With having five star offices, we can get state and federal officers and try to encourage them to come into regional Queensland, move out of Brisbane and try to come into regional Queensland.

“Because we need those jobs back here, we need people working in offices like that.”

Cr Taylor said he only voted against the project because of issues with the planning scheme, not because he didn’t support the project.

“I have no objection to the cinema, the theatre, in the proposal as it stands,” he said.

“My issue is, is it defined as impact assessable or code assessable.

“Our planning scheme specifically refers to theatres and indicates it should be impact accessable.

“We’ve assessed that it’s code assessable because the officers have deemed it to be a shopping centre.

“The difference between code assessable and impact assessable is simply that with impact accessible the community has the chance to place objections, those objections have to be considered and if that person who makes the objection is not comfortable with the decision, they can appeal it.

“Those appealing processes through the courts are diminished through code assessable.”\

Luxury rambles into Hervey Bay: work starts on $140m RV lifestyle Fraser Coast Qld

A LUXURY $140 million RV resort is officially under way in Hervey Bay.

The first sod will be turned on Wednesday at the site of Latitude25, a gated community specifically designed for RV and lifestyle enthusiasts.

The development, at Spring Way, Nikenbah, spans 20 hectares and will eventually be home to about 530 people in up to 281 homes.

It encompasses two lakes, green open space, parks, picnic areas and a $5 million state-of-the-art clubhouse and leisure centre.

Each home will have its own purpose-built garage to house its owner’s toys, whether they be an RV, cars or boat.

There will be a mail collection and forwarding service for when residents are on the road, although the full-size tennis courts, bowling green, golf chipping and putting green, billiard room, arts and crafts and games rooms, gym, pool, catering kitchen and bar may make even the keenest grey nomad stay home more.

Latitude25 will attract wealthy RVers to make their home on the Fraser Coast.

Director Mick Irwin said Latitude25 would be unlike any other lifestyle community before.

“I’m a local and also an RVer myself, so I’ve seen the need for this style of community for quite some time,” he said.

The clubhouse and leisure centre are due for completion early next year, with the first 15 homes also due to be finished in early 2018.

Home packages will start from $450,000 to $550,000.


  • $5 million leisure centre with tennis courts, bowling green, library, wifi, gym, pool
  • Significant wash bay for largest of RVs
  • First homes ready early 2018
  • Additional RV spaces connected to utilities for family and friends to visit
  • Easy access to airport, Bruce Hwy and main roads connecting to Maryborough and marina

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A PRELIMINARY development approval for the $60 million Scarness resort complex was carried unanimously at Wednesday’s Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting.

The proposal for the resort complex, which includes more than 100 residential units, a shopping complex and office complexes, means the developers will start their assessment of the site and consult with council before construction.

A new roundabout for the local streets in Scarness was also mentioned in the development plans.

Councillor David Lewis raised concerns over the traffic in the area, claiming the development would create problems for the Esplanade streets.

“The proposed roundabout will pose problems for the Queens Rd Esplanade intersection, which is already problematic especially in busy times,” he said.

“In busy times, it (the traffic) can back up a long way along the Esplandade.”

Cr Denis Chapman said it was about trying to use the commercial land as best as possible.

“It’s just a preliminary approval…they’ve got to come back to us and approve it. When you’ve got commercial land, you try and use as much of it as possible,” he said.

A date has not yet been set for the development, but Cr Chapman previously said he hoped to see development start by the end of the year


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Fraser Coast councillors have their say on high-rise development at Urangan in Hervey Bay

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TWO councillors have voiced their opposition to building high-rises in Hervey Bay, while others want to wait to consider the development application and how it fits into the town planning scheme before voicing any opinions.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said he was against the plans for a 20-storey twin tower development in Urangan, which he described as a massive increase in density and not how the community wanted Hervey Bay to develop.

Division 1 councillor James Hansen agreed, saying it would change the character of Hervey Bay forever and for the worse, in his opinion.

Councillor Denis Chapman voiced his support for the project, saying it was crucial for the region to continue building infrastructure, which would lead to population growth and jobs.

“I think it’s great for our region,” he said.

“It’s the way of the future.”

He said in order to hold on to green space in the area, it was necessary to consider options like high rises, which would allow for housing while minimising the region’s urban footprint.

Councillor David Lewis said he was not generally in favour of 20-storey development in Hervey Bay, but as the previous council had amended the planning scheme to allow such developments, there may be little the council could do to refuse the application.

“It is entitled to be assessed on its merits in accordance with the scheme,” he said.

Mr Lewis said he felt a 20- storey development would significantly and irrevocably alter the character of the city and its shoreline.

“Previous councils had a policy of trying to limit buildings to no higher than the tree line,” he said.

“In part this took into account the view from the beaches and the sea.

“I think that was a good policy.”

Councillor Paul Truscott said the planning scheme specifically supported this type of development.

“I will consider the development on its merits when it is presented to full council,” he said.

Councillor Darren Everard said he also needed time to consider the application before voicing an opinion, while councillor Rolf Light said it would be inappropriate to make a comment before considering all the facts and whether the development met the criteria in the current town planning scheme.

Councillors Anne Maddern, Daniel Sanderson, Stuart Taylor and Mayor Chris Loft were contacted, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

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Editors Note

**This is a great opportunity for us Fraser Coast residents to join the real world & get jobs & prosperity for the region.Not only in construction but thereafter with servicing the development & its occupants.We have many kilometres of beach shoreline in the Fraser Coast Region and just a tiny portion of that allocated for such a development is a pittance of a price to pay for the good it will do & bring to the community. Most of us are getting tired of this region being branded as one of the most unemployed regions in the nation.

The quicker this and similar developments take shape the better but in a controlled and well planned manner.


Water from Colton Mine will “improve Mary River” says New Hope Coal

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The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.

Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.

But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.

Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.

Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.

The hearing is expected to finish later this week.


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EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court

A PROPOSED Fraser  Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.

The  Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.

Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.

The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and  coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.

The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.

Mary Harbour project in Maryborough Qld still viable & on track, MSF Sugar chief declares

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HOPES for Granville’s $600 million Mary Harbour Project have been revived, with MSF Sugar chief executive officer Mike Barry revealing the development proposal was still being considered by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The housing and lifestyle project looked to be dead in the water in December after the Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Act, introduced by Katter’s Australia Party and supported by independent member Billy Gordon and the LNP, was passed in the Queensland Parliament.

At the time MSF Sugar, which is owned by Thai company Mitr Phol, looked set to put the project on ice, with Barry saying the bill had created “uncertainty and discomfort” for the company.

However Mr Barry said that it would not cost Mitr Phol any additional money to let the council consider whether the project would get approval, a decision which was due to be handed down in April.

He said there was still time for changes to be made regarding the Sugar Industry Amendment Act.

“We think commonsense will prevail,” he said.

The bill was referred to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission by the Labor Government in the days after it was passed.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said he remained in constant contact with Mr Barry.

A letter had been sent from the Queensland Government to the Federal Government about the issue and Mr Saunders said they were willing to take it all the way to the High Court if necessary.

Attempts were made to contact member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, but no response had been received at the time of going to print.

Head of economics for the Queensland Canegrowers Association Warren Sales said the bill was not controversial as far as growers were concerned.

He said the bill simply offered growers greater choice when it came to the marketing of their product and most were happy with their existing arrangements.

“It’s business as usual.”

There is uncertainty with people on this project Mary River.

Some kind of a con they say.

The way I see it they are having a go, the area would benefit big time in every way with this project. If FCRC are procrastinating then they are the problem.

We have elected & are paying them to make things happen.

Like solicitors.They should not tell u not to do something.

You pay them to make it happen & find a way to do it.

We must look at then councilor team we have on deck now to see if they have the metal, experience & ability 2 make things happen for the Fraser Coast.

Riding on the shirt tails of decisions already made by investors & developers by FCRC Councillors does not give our elected reps any brownie points.

We must make sure our council team is on the ball. Sorry so far.The election will determine the next level of expertise team in the Fraser Coast.

Talk fests & committees & groups & gonna do’s & shallow meaningless incentives???

See what happens next.





Anyway let’s see what happens.



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$6.7 million Howard Qld sewerage installment plan has been ratified by council

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LATEST AT COUNCIL: AN OVER 50s resort slated for Howard worth about $60 Million has been given development approval in the second last council meeting before the election.


THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has endorsed progressing a $6.7 million sewerage project at the FRASER COAST QLD

At their meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday the FC councillors unanimously endorsed a report to build a sewerage network in the rural town to facilitate future development.

While the project will not provide a sewerage network for existing Howard residents, it will allow 114 new commercial premises to join the network after a new $4.4 million treatment plant is built.

The FCR council will push for 50% of the project to be funded by the State Government.


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$60 million Recreation Vehicle development site approved for Howard Qld Australia

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AN OVER-50s lifestyle resort project worth around $60 million has been given the initial go ahead for development at Howard.

The project will include 212 RV-friendly homes, 47 independent living units and a 75-bed aged care facility as well as a central pool, gym and lawn bowls green for residents.

Yesterday Fraser Coast councillors unanimously endorsed the development permit application for the 45ha site at William St in Howard.

Gold Coast-based company AHC Limited has owned the site since 2007, purchasing it during the global financial crisis at a bargain $800,000.

AHC managing director Rod MacLeod said the land was attractive due to the pre-existing residential zoning and the location.

“This will be on a similar vein to the RV Homebase (at Tinana),” he said.

“This site has the Burrum District Golf Course on its boundary which is a huge positive.”

Mr Macleod said an over 50s resort would provide “quiet country, heritage-styled living” in Howard.

“Australia has got an aging population and aged care and lifestyle villages are extremely popular because they’re an affordable option,” he said.

“We think it’s a winner.”

Further operational works permits will be lodged to the council in the next six months.

Mr MacLeod hoped work would begin on stage one before 2017.

“Aroundt half the site will be developmed – the other half was a shallow coal mine in about the 1850s,” Mr MacLeod said.

The development is also expected to help add a modern sewerage network to Howard with the council’s executive and Wide Bay Water talking with AHC about co-contributions to build the pipe network.

Rural councillor James Hansen said the investment by AHC and the sewerage network would add value to the quiet town.

Buying a house in Howard,could be a great investment

Maybe the property prices will skyrocket.

A great kick start for local jobs & the business community of Howard & beyond.


212 RV-styled home units, 47 living units and a 75-bed aged care facility

Expected to cost $60 million



Bruce Highway upgrade south of Torbanlea complete

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THE widening of a section of road on the Bruce Highway adjacent to Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea has been completed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $7.1 million project had created a major increase in the separation distance between vehicles travelling in opposite directions for 2.2 kilometres.

“Widening this section of the highway has allowed a wide centre line treatment to be put in place which improves drivers’ chances of avoiding a crash should they stray out of their lanes,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the treatment was recently recognised at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference as a highly effective means of reducing the number of serious road crashes.

“The Coalition Government is committed to building a safer Bruce Highway and we are continuing to provide funding to roll out this important safety treatment along the length of the highway,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Bruce Highway is the major artery connecting Queensland’s coastal communities and the economic centres between Brisbane and Cairns. It is the single most important piece of infrastructure for the people of my electorate.

“Without it, Hinkler residents wouldn’t be able to get their products to market, visit loved ones or evacuate during an emergency. It also enables tourists to visit our great region.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are an example of what can be achieved when governments work together to deliver improved safety on Queensland roads.

“An added bonus was that an average of 22 direct jobs were supported over the life of the project,” Mr Bailey said.

The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule by local contractor, Sunstate Group Queensland.

The works were jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.7 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.


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