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December 23rd, 2010

A LIFESTYLE village planned for Maryborough will not happen if the State Government's draft regional plan for Wide Bay is adopted, says developer Bruce Sprake.
Bruce Sprake is concerned the draft Wide Bay Regional Plan has not allowed for Maryborough’s predicted growth over the next 20 years.
Jocelyn Watts
A LIFESTYLE village planned for Maryborough is less likely to become reality if the State Government’s draft regional plan for Wide Bay is adopted in its current form, says developer Bruce Sprake.
“One of the shortcomings of the draft plan is the omission of the site for the proposed Hibiscus Gardens Community Lifestyle Village at St Helens,” he said.
The urban footprint allocation stopped 80 metres short of his site, despite the plan predicting Maryborough’s population to double by 2031 and the majority of development happening in the St Helen’s area.
“However because the application for Hibiscus Gardens was lodged in July 2007 the final assessment of the project is underway in the Fraser Coast council’s planning department after receipt of final approval from Main Roads for the road entrance design.”
He said the council’s approval for Hibiscus Gardens was still possible, however the project stood a greater chance of success if it was included in the regional plan, due for release next year.
Mr Sprake urged the council to give its “robust support” to his submission for the project’s inclusion in the final plan.
“The council now holds the fate of Hibiscus Gardens in its hands.”
Mr Sprake said the 300-lot project for the 27-hectare site on the corner of Hibiscus Street and the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road would bring to the Heritage City a style of residential living for over 55 year-olds, already available in Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Noosa regions.
“When developed the village will be a long-overdue residential lifestyle option which will be of significant community benefit to Maryborough and go some of the way to meeting the anticipated 12,000 homes needed in the city over the next two decades.”
Hibiscus Gardens will include recreation and community buildings, swimming pools, a tennis court, bowling green and golf practice areas as well as a pedestrian and bikeway network.
Meanwhile, property valuer Anne Maddern called all residents to review the State Government’s draft regional plan for Wide Bay and complete submissions before December 24.
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Received & published by Henry Sapiecha
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