Tow­ers build­ing on a big year

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland: Looking Back, Looking Forward -

A YEAR of con­tin­ued growth has been fore­cast by Char­ters Tow­ers City Coun­cil mayor Cr Brian Bev­eridge for 2007.

With the re­gion rid­ing high on the back of a re­sources boom that shows no sign of slow­ing down, Cr Bev­eridge said build­ing ac­tiv­ity had gone through the roof.

‘‘Build­ingstatis­tics were dou­ble on the last year — I don’t know if we can sus­tain that,’’ he said.

He said rentals were also at a pre­mium, and va­cant land for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment was in short sup­ply.

‘‘It’s a great place to live — a lot of the peo­ple that fly in and fly out don’t want to leave here and that’s be­cause it’s a good place to live and it’s af­ford­able,’’ Cr Bev­eridge said.

‘‘(Coun­cil) has a lim­ited bud­get but we try to do what we can.’’

Cr Bev­eridge said the town was seeing­in­creased vis­i­ta­tion thanks to its in­clu­sion on a num­ber of tourist drive tours, in­clud­ingthe Great Trop­i­cal Drive,Over­lan­ders Way and Savannah Way.

‘‘We are look­ing­for­ward to more tourists vis­it­ingthe area . . . tourism will con­tinue to be a main­stay next year,’’ he said.

Cr Bev­eridge said in­dus­try would con­tinue to drive the lo­cal econ­omy with the min­ing, ser­vice and trans­port in­dus­tries ex­pe­ri­encinga boom in the Char­ters Tow­ers re­gion.

Com­pa­nies were start­ing to move to the area to es­cape cost blowouts in the Townsville area, ac­cord­ing to Cr Bev­eridge.

‘‘Townsville is pric­ing it­self out of the mar­ket with land but we’ve still got re­ally cheap land here,’’ Cr Bev­eridge said.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a big build­ingyear — we ex­pect build­ingstatis­tics will be high.

‘‘We ex­pect en­gi­neer­ing firms to re­lo­cate here where they have ac­cess to ev­ery­thing.’’

B r i a n Bev­eridge

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