Carol fights for wildlife
CAROL Mylrea believes the resumption of part of her Parkhurst property for major road works would spoil the wildlife haven that drew her to the area.
The North Rockhampton woman was among those who attended a public consultation session on Saturday to have a close look at what's planned in coming years for the suburb, which has been identified by council as a priority growth area.
Carol said the property's tranquillity and wildlife, including regular kangaroo visits, had attracted her to the area a few years ago.
“I went to Saturday's meeting because my husband and I bought at McMillan Avenue with the intention of living here for the rest of our lives,” Carol said.
“We want to protect what we have.”
While she acknowledged she'd always known housing estates would be developed at Parkhurst in the future, it was the impact of roadworks fronting onto her 6.5 hectare property that has her concerned.
Carol said the intention was to resume part of the property's frontage so a much larger road and easements could be made to accommodate greater traffic flow.
“We have kangaroos and all types of wildlife at the moment,” Carol said.
“A road, like the one proposed, would ruin all of that.
“We also have a large garden that we don't want to see affected.”
She said she felt optimistic that the councillors who attended the consultation session had listened to her.
“The councillors were very positive and told me this (the master plan) is not set in stone,” she said.
Cr Brett Svendsen, who attended the session, yesterday said Carol's concerns would be looked at by those working on the master plan.
However, he stressed what was planned was a broad outline for the future.
Population growth within the region is placing pressure on council to provide additional land suitable for residential purposes.
“With the north-east Parkhurst area being identified as a priority future growth area for the city, the purpose of council's master plan is to provide a detailed local planning framework that builds on the outcome of the previously adopted Parkhurst and Yeppoon Road Corridor Structure Plan,” a council spokeswoman said.
“This consultation session enables people to have their say on the master plan for their local area.
“This may involve issues of support or concern, and it is important that these topics are discussed before the document is finalised.”
Precinct 1 of the master plan covers the land located between Yaamba Road (Bruce Highway) to the west, McMillan Avenue to the east, Olive Street to the north and Limestone Creek to the south.