New housing sites boost to Gracemere

IT'S a good time for builders in Gracemere.

More than 1200 housing sites have been approved by Fitzroy Shire Council, giving plenty of work for contractors in the area.

"We are flat out right now,'' said Adrian Buckby, foreman for a Busby Construction site in Gracemere.

"There is a lot of work in the area and that means good times for builders.''

Mr Buckby's crew is working on the Ironbark Estate in Gracemere.

For the past few weeks his team has been installing storm drains and sewerage pipes for the 59-home estate.

This site is one of about 11 housing estates already slated for development in the area.

"We can't go much further in Rocky,'' Mr Buckby said. "We had to start building in around Gracemere.''

Fitzroy Shire Mayor John Hopkins agrees.

He said people were attracted to Gracemere not only because of the possible influx of coke plant and coal industry workers, but also because Gracemere has the best of both worlds, being close to Rockhampton yet still having a country feel.

"It's a great place to live,'' he said.

"It offers people a country lifestyle at affordable prices.'' Business owners in Gracemere's CBD are also pleased with the housing expansion.

David Wheeler, owner of Gracemere Hardware, said the development would be good for business.

"If everything goes ahead we will be investing more in the area,'' he said.

Due to demand, Mr Wheeler said he may soon be expanding his hardware store to better accommodate customers.

"It is a place of great growth potential.



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