PLANTATION Palms has secured a landmark infrastructure agreement with Mackay Regional Council and announced it will be working in partnership to develop a new road to Blacks Beach.
Chenoweth Drive will be funded by both parties in an agreement that is the first of its type in Mackay.
Plantation Palms developer Kim Clarke said the $15 million project would create easier access for residents to the shopping hubs and beaches.
“Having been in negotiation for 10 years with local council, Chenoweth Dr will provide direct access from one end of the development to the other and will make a significant difference to the area,” Mr Clarke said.
“Our main objective is to deliver the most financially viable approach for Mackay and its growing communities.
“A recent survey of Mackay residents looking to buy a new property this year revealed that over two-thirds prioritise easy road access as a deciding factor when considering purchasing in the area.”
The project will be managed by Plantation Palms and the first stage of construction is expected to begin early next year. Mr Clarke said although the design of the road had been finalised, completion of the project could take as long as 15 years.
“I first saw this site 11 years ago; it has taken much longer than we thought,” Mr Clarke said.
“But I think the council is trying really hard, there has been a lot of negotiation.
“We are happy with the progress in the last 18 months and there has been a lot of movement.”
Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the Chenoweth Dr connecting road was a vital piece of infrastructure that would allow the Northern Beaches to evolve and prosper as an affordable, inclusive, active and unique community over the next 20 years and well into the future.
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