300-lot house project hits wall

THE DEVELOPMENT of more than 300 blocks of land at Burrum Town has hit a brick wall.

This morning councillors will discuss in Maryborough officers’ recommendations that the expression of interest process close and that tenders will now not be invited.

The reasoning is that the two tenderers lacked clarity in their submissions particularly relating to the financial return to council.

Councillors will also look at staff consulting with Wide Bay Water to investigate the options or alternatives for providing water and sewer – along with lot configuration.

After that process a further report will go to council on the options of developing the land – or not developing it.

After today the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre could – courtesy of CEO Andrew Brien – get two 10-year and one five-year leases from the council to protect the land on which a community centre will be built in Charles Street, Pialba.

The neighbourhood centre is giving $65,000 towards the project.

Councillors will decide from this morning whether council gives $2000 cash and $1000 in-kind sponsorship to the May 1 2011 Hervey Bay Triathlon.

Council staff estimates the event will provide 1300 bed nights and a conservative $300,000 in direct tourism expenditure.

The council’s financial report for the period ended October 31 shows developer contributions for the year to date are ahead of budget by close to $170,000.



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