BIG PLANS: A proposed development is set to bring 950 residential lots to the area known as the Pineapple Farm near Yeppoon.
BIG PLANS: A proposed development is set to bring 950 residential lots to the area known as the Pineapple Farm near Yeppoon. Above Photography PTY LTD

Pineapple Patch could house 950 residential lots

A KEYSTONE development for the entry to the Capricorn Coast was how Bill Ludwig described a project which will ultimately bring 950 residential allotments to Livingstone Shire.

And the Rockhampton regional councillor and mayor-elect of the Livingstone Shire Council said he was confident the development at the old Pineapple Patch site would go ahead "sooner rather than later".

"They are moving immediately to get to operational works stage," Cr Ludwig said.

"The previous Livingstone council put in all the plans, all the infrastructure and now we are reaping the dividends of that strategic pro-active planning."

The Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday approved an application from PPY Developments Pty Ltd to reconfigure one lot into 101 residential lots.

The 130.8ha site on Yeppoon Rd at Hidden Valley, known as the Pineapple Patch, constitutes the first stage of a larger planned development of 950 residential allotments.

Cr Ludwig said the development was first touted in 1998 "but was a little before its time".

He said the Pineapple Patch was, in 2003, identified as one of four strategic growth areas within Livingstone.

"I am delighted to see this going ahead," Cr Ludwig said. "All indications are that we are moving into our next growth stage.

"This is vital not only for the Capricorn Coast but the whole region."

The council officer's recommendation said the development represented a logical extension of urban development in Yeppoon.

The site was close to the arterial route of Yeppoon Rd, and had the potential to form a "gateway" to the township.

It also had frontage to the former rail reserve, which was intended to form part of the Yeppoon Rail Trail network.

THE DETAILS

APPLICANT: PPY Developments Pty Ltd

ADDRESS: Lot 4000, Yeppoon Rd, Hidden Valley

LAND SIZE: 130.8ha

EXISTING USE: Pineapple farm



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