Oonoonba un­der fire

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

BUR­DEKIN MP Rose­mary Menkens has hit back at Mund­ing­burra MP Lindy Nel­son-Carr over the mer­its of a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Oonoonba. Ms Nel­son-Carr ear­lier this week told the Bul­letin the Oonoonba Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Area would be noth­ing but pos­i­tive for the city, de­spite res­i­dents in neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties com­plain­ing it would lower their house prices. Ms Menkens said nearby Fair­field Waters res­i­dents’ anger and frus­tra­tions were jus­ti­fied. ‘‘ I have no ar­gu­ment with the con­cept of the Oonoonba Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Area UDA how­ever the con­sul­ta­tion process with neigh­bour­ing landown­ers has been very shal­low,’’ she said. ‘‘( For Ms) Nel­son-Carr to say ‘ I don’t know what they’re get­ting at’ in ref­er­ence to nearby res­i­dents con­cerns is not help­ful’. ‘‘ As part of the Oonoonba In­terim Land Use Plan one of the re­quire­ments was for the UDA to de­liver affordable hous­ing which is de­signed and lo­cated so that it is well in­te­grated into the com­mu­nity.’’

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