New Gracemere Industrial Area plans to be viewed

DONNA Langdon is relieved a new plan for the Gracemere Industrial Area will not result in her property being rezoned industrial.

However, she is more relieved to hear the news Rockhampton Regional Council will carry out pre-consultation, this time.

The council previously applied with the State Government for a Temporary Local Planning Instrument, which was approved, that would result in blocks between Somerset Rd to Boongary Rd, from Capricorn St to the Gracemere Overpass being zoned industrial.

Some of the properties were already zoned industrial by the former Fitzroy Shire Council.

However, landholders zoned rural/residential, such as Mrs Langdon, were shocked when the TLPI was approved without consultation with the landholders affected.

Landholders, business owners and other Gracemere residents voiced their outrage at a public meeting in Gracemere in March.

The then Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter announced at the meeting that no further decision on the TLPI would take place until after the local government elections in April.

Days later, council voted to start again with the rezoning of land at Gracemere.

Yesterday, The Morning Bulletin told Mrs Langdon of the council's new plan (pictured on P4), which means her Stewart St property will remain rural/residential and council has decided to hold extra consultation before this new plan is approved.

"At least it sounds like something is being done properly this time instead of bulldozing everyone," she said.

"We had no issue with industrial zoning, just move it down the road."

However, Mrs Langdon feels any consultation meeting about the new plan should only be between council, affected landholders and surrounding landholders, not open to the whole public.

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