Woodgate zone change
Vehicle depot next door to residential family homes
WOODGATE community members are concerned the sound of casuarina trees rustling amid a light sea breeze and waves crashing on the sand will soon be drowned out by metal grinders and nail guns if an application for light industry is approved beside their homes.
The Bundaberg Regional Council is currently considering a material change of use application for a vehicle depot at an Acacia St, Woodgate, address from Wayne and Robin Thompson of Duz Me Constructions.
But community members claim Mr Thompson plans to do much more than store his vehicles on the residential land and say he’s already been using the land as a construction workshop.
Mr Thompson’s application to the Bundaberg Regional Council for a vehicle depot came after he was investigated by the council following multiple complaints from the community over what the council said were alleged storage of vehicle trailers and equipment on his residential land.
In its investigation, the council found the equipment was associated with the Thompsons’ building company and said it must be removed from the land.
Woodgate divisional representative Tony Ricciardi said Mr Thompson then moved the equipment out onto the street.
“Legally he can park it on the footpath if it’s registered,” Cr Ricciardi said. “(Now) we’ve got nowhere for him to store his machinery and it’s not that much.”
But Glen Bartlett who lives on Beech Ct near Mr Thompson said a vehicle depot was a far cry from what Mr Thompson had been doing on his land.
“It would be different if it was just a garage but it won’t be because we’ve been through all of this before, he uses it as a construction workshop, that’s what we’re up against,” Mr Bartlett said.
Cr Ricciardi said if Mr Bartlett had any concerns the land was being used for use other than a vehicle depot, he should contact the council.
CONCERNED: Woodgate community members are concerned about Bundaberg Regional Council’s consideration of a material change of use application for a vehicle depot on Acacia St.