Colleen Daniels claims the Albert Street/George Street intersection is too dangerous for a 42-room motel and hopes councillors will overturn their decision.
Colleen Daniels claims the Albert Street/George Street intersection is too dangerous for a 42-room motel and hopes councillors will overturn their decision. Chris Ison

Neighbour opposes motel

IT will be a landmark - a striking, four-storey, 42-room motel at one of Rockhampton's busiest intersections.

But to Colleen Daniels, whose family has lived in the house next door since 1955, it will be nothing short of a disaster.

Colleen was shocked to discover yesterday that councillors had approved an application for a motel on Albert Street, opposite Browne Park.

For 10 years she's fought a series of development proposals for the land on which three old Queenslanders sit.

She said: “The council first rejected four shops and a manager's residence, then they turned down a 16-room motel.

“So to approve a 42-room motel is plain crazy.”

She fears when the motel is built it will be so close to her house it will block out light and the noise will make her life intolerable.

But she's also concerned that it's entirely the wrong location for such a large motel.

“Whenever it rains the site floods and the road is so busy and dangerous there will almost certainly be an accident. Access will be difficult.

“I can't believe it's been approved.”

She said she hoped councillors would overturn their approval next week when the decision of the Strategic Planning Committee has to be ratified.

And she will have an ally in Cr Sandra O'Brien who spoke against the proposal on Tuesday because she feared it would ruin the view for residents of Albert Street.

Officers recommended approval and described the plan as a landmark, with 35 underground parking spaces.



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