Towers building on a big year
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