Woodgate zone change

Ve­hi­cle de­pot next door to residential fam­ily homes

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: PAUL BEU­TEL

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.

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