$60 million RV site approved for Howard
AN OVER-50s lifestyle resort worth about $60 million has been given the initial green light 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.
"Only about half the site will be the development land - 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.
"I might buy a house in Howard," he said.
"I think the property prices will skyrocket.
"It's a great investment."
212 RV-styled home units, 47 living units and a 75-bed aged care facility
Expected to cost $60 million