Con­cerns about over-50s vil­lage grow louder

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OB­JEC­TIONS have been raised about a pro­posed over-50s life­style vil­lage due to its prox­im­ity to the CQ Mo­tor­sports Be­naraby fa­cil­ity.

Four broth­ers, from the long-term Be­naraby fam­ily the Manns, are be­hind the pro­posed Sta­tion Creek Life­style Vil­lage, which aims to of­fer more re­tire­ment-liv­ing op­tions in the re­gion.

They in­tend to build the 510-home vil­lage, in­clud­ing RV Friendly Homes, on land owned by the fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions, on the cor­ner of the Bruce


High­way and Tan­num Sands Rd.

But con­cerns from the CQ Mo­tor­sports Be­naraby fa­cil­ity are mount­ing, no­tably that an in­flux of res­i­dents 1km away will bring a spate of noise com­plaints.

Some club mem­bers have made their con­cerns to the coun­cil, for­mally ob­ject­ing to the project.

A tem­plate sub­mis­sion by one of the clubs said: “All Gladstone res­i­dents ac­knowl­edge that there is a lack of suit­able hous­ing/ fa­cil­i­ties for aged per­sons within our re­gion, how­ever, this lo­ca­tion is not suit­able.”

More than $30 mil­lion has been in­vested in the mo­tor­sports fa­cil­ity, which also re­cently opened a driver ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre.

The fa­cil­ity is used by 10 Gladstone Re­gion clubs for drag rac­ing, khanacross and other mo­tor­sport ac­tiv­i­ties.

CQ Mo­tor­sports Be­naraby pres­i­dent Mark Boyd said clo­sures and rac­ing sus­pen­sions at other clubs be­cause of noise com­plaints were weigh­ing heavy on mem­bers’ minds.

“The sit­u­a­tion we’ve got is that quite a few fa­cil­i­ties have closed due to noise com­plaints when built-up ar­eas en­croach on the precinct,” Mr Boyd said.

“We as a mo­tor­sports precinct will be look­ing for guar­an­tees that we won’t be shut­down due to noise com­plaints from the vil­lage if it was to be built.”

Mr Boyd said mem­bers would con­tinue dis­cus­sions about how to mit­i­gate the risks to the fa­cil­ity with the Mann fam­ily and the coun­cil.

With less than a week left for res­i­dents to have their say on the de­vel­op­ment, a meet­ing was held be­tween the de­vel­op­ers and some mo­tor­sports fa­cil­ity mem­bers on Wed­nes­day night.

Project man­ager Ja­son Sul­li­van said the de­vel­op­ers had gone to “great lengths” to ad­dress the fa­cil­ity’s wor­ries, which were dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing.

“We are con­fi­dent the pro­fes­sion­ally re­searched, de­signed and ex­pertly re­viewed plans ad­dress any con­cerns re­gard­ing the mo­tor­sports precinct and neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

“There are sig­nif­i­cant mea­sures in place to con­trol noise, in­clud­ing acous­tic bar­ri­ers, home in­su­la­tion and strate­gic de­sign.”

Mr Sul­li­van said the sales agree­ment for prospec­tive buy­ers would pro­vide pro­tec­tions for the mo­tor­sport fa­cil­ity.

These in­clude an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the prox­im­ity to the precinct and its fu­ture plans for ex­pan­sion.

The de­vel­op­ment is loosely based on RV Home­base at Mary­bor­ough, which has been built next door to the Mary­bor­ough


To go ahead, the Gladstone Re­gion project needs coun­cil ap­proval for a ma­te­rial change of use for the land, which is cur­rently ru­ral zoned.

“At the end of the day no one is dis­put­ing it can get noisy,

that’s where the acous­tic bar­rier and home in­su­la­tion comes into play, with fur­ther pro­tec­tion of the mo­tor­sport precinct pro­vided by the sales agree­ment and site agree­ment,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

An acous­tics and noise re­port for the re­tire­ment vil­lage was also com­pleted us­ing peak noise lev­els from the mo­tor­sports fa­cil­ity and Bruce High­way traf­fic.

It found the vil­lage would need acous­tic mounds and fenc­ing along the south­ern and eastern bound­aries to help block out the noise.

Mr Sul­li­van said it was im­por­tant to note the project was not a “stan­dard res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion”.

He said the Mann fam­ily had owned land in the area for over 150 years and would al­ways re­tain own­er­ship of the land.

The de­vel­op­ment will be man­aged un­der the Man­u­fac­tured Homes Leg­is­la­tion, sim­i­lar to sim­i­lar styles of de­vel­op­ment around Queens­land. This struc­ture is not ap­pli­ca­ble to stan­dard res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

“We’re ex­tremely con­fi­dent that they should be com­fort­able in what we’ve cre­ated here and know that they are se­cure in their fu­ture,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

“We are ex­cited about the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship we will have with the precinct, our res­i­dents will have with the precinct, and the sig­nif­i­cant sup­port and on­go­ing ben­e­fits the vil­lage will pro­vide to the precinct.”

Res­i­dents have un­til De­cem­ber 14 to lodge their sup­port or ob­jec­tions to the project to the Gladstone Re­gional Coun­cil.

Mr Sul­li­van urged res­i­dents who sup­ported the project to make a sub­mis­sion.

The de­vel­op­ers will be near Wool­worths Stock­land Gladstone to an­swer ques­tions from 9am-3pm to­day.

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