An artist’s impression of the new RV Homebase that will create 210 homes in Maryborough.
An artist’s impression of the new RV Homebase that will create 210 homes in Maryborough.

RV Homebase project underway

WORK is under way on one of the most ambitious projects to hit Maryborough in years, a $73 million RV Homebase that will create 210 homes in a residential village designed to support the country’s swelling grey nomad population.

Project manager Barry Rawlinson announced yesterday that contracts worth $3 million had been awarded to Hervey Bay contractors VDM Construction Bellero, as work to shift 50,000 cubic metres of earth was stepped up.

Up to 100 people will be employed on site at the corner of Iindah and Teddington roads during the next three years, Mr Rawlinson said yesterday.

“It’s not unique throughout the world but it’s the first of its kind in Queensland,” he said.

RV Homebase will offer a base for Australians over 50 who are trailing the nation’s highways and byways.

They will be able to park their caravans or motorhomes at Tinana and live the high life, taking advantage of a string of leisure facilities that would compare well with some of the world’s finest resorts.

“This is where you come back to when you’ve finished your travelling for the year,” Mr Rawlinson said.

“It will be a community of like-minded active retirees joining in social activities.”

The first 12 houses are expected to be completed by January 2011, with a community centre also expected to be well under way at that stage.

Each house will take eight to 10 weeks to finish, using a panel building system designed by Hervey Bay-based Eco System Homes.

“Most people will sell a house of far greater value to move into a property here.”

House prices start at $285,000 and already a number have been snapped up, including some of the more expensive, high-end designs.

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