Businessman says height restriction hinders coast growth

Capricorn Coast Business and Tourism’s Brian Fisher.
Capricorn Coast Business and Tourism’s Brian Fisher.

HIGH rise height restrictions on Capricorn Coast buildings are among several obstacles slowing further growth in the region.

At least that's the view of Capricorn Coast Business and Tourism president Brian Fisher.

There was some correlation between that and various retail outlets in Yeppoon closing down due to a lack of business, he said.

Mr Fisher's comments came as former Keppel candidate Luke Hargreaves last week aired his concerns about the downward trend in business across Central Queensland.

Mr Fisher said the Livingstone Shire Council, before it amalgamated with the then Rockhampton City Council, had put a height limit of 21m high rises after surveys revealed a "small minority" of residents didn't want them.

He believed the availability of high-rise accommodation would attract holidaymakers by the score.

Cr Graham Scott says the height restrictions on high rises will be revisited with the new town plan.

Mr Fisher believed one of the key factors that had some impact was de-amalgamation.

"The Capricorn Coast, following de-amalgamation is back at square one," he said. "When Livingstone shire merged with Rockhampton we saw a lack of focus on The Capricorn Coast from the council."

The Morning Bulletin spoke to several business owners in The Esplanade and James St.

The former owner of a clothing shop in James St, which was holding a closing down sale, said rent prices were a factor.

"People just aren't coming to The Capricorn Coast because there is nothing here.

Mr Fisher was of the same view.

But, he said if a crucial 20km northern access road from the Bruce Hwy near Kunwarrara to Byfield was built, Iwasaki developments got under way, the Yeppoon and Emu Park beachfronts got a makeover and Great Keppel Island resort made some headway, things would start picking up.

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