Projects get the tick

DEVELOPMENT applications are getting a new positive spin from the council with the release this week of its monthly development activity report.

Michael Ellery, the council's executive manager of development assessment, told councillors that August's applications showed signs of “the development industry ramping up activity” for when the economy kicks in more solidly.

Mr Ellery's report lists “significant applications received” and “significant applications approved”.

It also contains seven pages of applications – but many of these are what council insiders describe as “tick and flick”.

They cover requests to extend permit periods, build patios, sheds, garages, additions to boat sheds, vegetation removal and advertising devices.

The “significant” applications that have been approved include a carriers depot in Industrial Avenue, Maryborough, which will cover 722sq m, or 22.2 per cent of the site.

Liuzzi Street in Pialba can have a medical centre and offices. A two-storey building at number 14 has been given the green light to include three offices on ground level and rooms for two doctors upstairs.

Also approved are tidal works to remove and replace existing stormwater drainage outlets at Seafront Oval, Pialba, Ann Street opposite 473 the Esplanade, Robert Street opposite 457 the Esplanade, Alexander Street opposite 507 the Esplanade and Crown Street opposite 485 the Esplanade.

In the pipeline but not yet approved are requests to set up a timber mill at 105 Hebblewhite Road, Nikenbah, an indoor recreation centre at 17 Medical Place, Urraween, and reconfiguration of one lot at 73-153 Doolong Road South, Wondunna, into 149 blocks.

Another medical centre, this time at 53-55 Nissen Street, Urraween, may be on the way when a single-storey house is turned into five consulting rooms, a treatment room, staff and waiting areas.

For residents in Tinana, you may be getting a telecommunications tower, 51.40 metres high, on lot 184 MCH 3956, with access from an adjoining lot. The tower will include eight panel antennas, each 2.63 metres long, and a parabolic antenna, 1.2 metres in diameter.

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