Shire says yes to 72 new lots for Wonga

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

VIT­TO­RIO Sco­maz­zon has been given the go-ahead by the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to sub­di­vide a 56 hectare block into 72 large res­i­den­tial lots.

The lot, lo­cated off Vix­ies Road in Wonga Beach, will be re­con­fig­ured into lots rang­ing from 4000 sq m to 6000sqm with 50 me­tre frontage.

A num­ber of the spa­cious blocks will come off the back of the res­i­den­tial South Arm Drive that Mr Sco­maz­zon sub­di­vided and de­vel­oped in 1988.

Mr Sco­maz­zon wel­comed the news and said he hopes to see a re­turn on his in­vest­ment in the form of growth and fur­ther de­vel­op­ment in the Wonga area.

“This is def­i­nitely go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to Wonga Beach, even to the Shire.

“If we don’t de­velop and build the Shire we’re go­ing to go down the gur­gler and back to Cairns.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion was orig­i­nally put through the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil in 2009 but it fal­tered and stalled be­cause of what Mr Sco­maz­zon de­scribed as “too much red tape”.

“I’m glad it’s fi­nally gone through, it will be a big help to the Shire and a big help to Wonga.

“I wouldn’t have started it if I knew it would take this long.

“Since de-amal­ga­ma­tion it hasn’t been too bad but things have to change.

“I’m just happy af­ter six years.”

The item was unan­i­mously passed by coun­cil­lors dur­ing Tues­day’s meet­ing.

The bat­tle isn’t over for Mr Sco­maz­zon who still has to jump the hur­dle of wa­ter sup­ply to his Wonga de­vel­op­ment.

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He de­clared no im­me­di­ate plan to start and said will “lay low” for the next few months.

“I don’t know; I’m go­ing to chew on [next move] a while.”

When the lots are put up for sale Mr Sco­maz­zon be­lieves they will be a hit with the Vic­to­rian mar­ket be­cause of the spa­cious land, pri­vacy and prox­im­ity to the beach.

“I’ve no­ticed more Vic­to­ri­ans buy­ing up around the area and I think th­ese lots will be re­ally ap­peal­ing for the Vic­to­rian mar­ket.”

The DA adds to the growth spurt on the cards for Wonga Beach. A few months ago DSC ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by Wrox­all In­vest­ments on the Sun­shine Coast to de­velop 17 lots off Oa­sis Drive to­wards the south­ern end of Wonga Beach.

As well, a few months ago the own­ers of the Ex­change Ho­tel in Moss­man were given ap­proval to open a bot­tle shop at the Wonga shops.

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