Shire says yes to 72 new lots for Wonga
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.
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.