Roebucks win right to develop their land
COLIN and Monica Roebuck scored a win for people power on Tuesday in a classic case of never giving up and always standing up for what you believe.
The developers of a proposed six-lot subdivision on Bungundarra Rd, Yeppoon finally had their application approved by Livingstone Shire Council after a battle that lasted for more than three years.
“We’re just relieved that it’s over and we can get on with life,” Mr Roebuck said following the breakthrough decision.
“It’s just a shame it took three years.
“It should have just gone through in the first place but we’re there now – that’s the main thing.
“We’re retaining a substantial part of it (the land).
“That’s where we live and that’s where we intend seeing out our active lives.”
Mr Roebuck said he didn’t see the result as a victory, but as justice.
Two weeks ago in a deputation to councillors about the development application, the Roebucks expressed sheer frustration with how they’d been dealt with.
Mrs Roebuck was highly critical of a council report that she said included exaggerations to make development impacts sound worse than they actually were.
A key factor stressed on Tuesday by a number of councillors was that less than 4 per cent of locally significant vegetation would be removed for the development.
A majority of councillors were also satisfied that bushfire risks could be addressed with development conditions and ultimately they went against a council officer’s recommendation in order to give the Roebucks’ application the green light.