Industry park on hold
THE only time the crowd applauded a Rockhampton Regional Council representative at last night's public meeting was when Mayor Brad Carter said plans for the Gracemere Industrial Area were on hold.
At the start of the Gracemere meeting - hosted by the council after community backlash from a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (approved by the State Government) - Cr Carter announced no further decision on the TLPI would take place until after the local government elections on April 28.
The TLPI still has to be formally adopted by the council.
However, when Cr Carter spoke about the pleasingly high interest and support for the industrial area, there were many sarcastic laughs in the crowd.
About 300 people, most of them land owners affected by the TLPI, had gathered at the meeting for answers.
Many speakers feared the value of their properties would be heavily impacted by the rezoning, the impact of lifestyle in the community, and asked why the industrial area couldn't be further west or near Stanwell.
One person asked who would ensure that traffic heading to the industrial area would use the new overpass - which will be operational by October or November - and not go through residential streets.
Another speaker, who the audience applauded, was long-standing Gracemere resident and solicitor Vicki Jackson, who is a nationally accredited mediator and was representing most landowners in Precinct K - one of three precincts within the proposed industrial zone.
Ms Jackson said Precinct K residents said they were not opposed to industrial development, but were opposed the proposed zoning in its current form.
The map shows about 80% of the precinct would be zoned for medium impact industry.
Ms Jackson said Gracemere had co-existed for many years as a village, rural, residential and industrial area.
"It is hopeful that this meeting will be the first of many consultations," Ms Jackson said.