Council waters down condition
A CONDITION that the owners of Cherrabah Resort upgrade O'Dea's and Keoghs Rd at Elbow Valley as part of a massive planned redevelopment of the site has been watered down by the Southern Downs Regional Council.
Approval of a new tourism and residential development capable of accommodating up to 4000 people was approved by council last June, but since they have been in negotiation with Cherrabah's Chinese owners about conditions on the approval.
Council had originally insisted that the Joyful View Garden Real Estate Company widen the sealed section of Keoghs Rd, upgrade the intersection with O'Deas Rd and provide proper drainage and line-marking.
But Joyful View objected and council's Engineering Services department relented, stating in a report to council this week the work would only need to be done when traffic on Keoghs Rd reached 90 per cent of its estimated capacity of 500 vehicles per day and a "dilapidation report" showed the work was needed.
The backdown came along with other concessions on water usage, inspections of infrastructure by council and deleting a provision for a fire station.
Cr Ross Bartley grilled council planning officers over Keoghs Rd, asking how long they thought it would "actually last" if 500 vehicles used it every day.
He used the example of Freestone Rd, saying it carried roughly the same amount of traffic and was in a shocking state.
Conditions imposed by council on the movement of vehicles during the construction phase of the Cherrabah expansion were also downgraded, with a prohibition on such vehicles using the Old Stanthorpe Rd and the unsealed section of O'Deas Rd being dropped.
Engineering Services director Peter See told councillors the council had no power to prohibit the use of any road by a motorist, and said such a condition would be difficult to enforce.