Blocks will spur drift to Calliope

CALLIOPE Shire Council has given conditional approval to a further 88 allotments, a move that is expected to further spur the "tree change" migration to the Calliope township.

The development application lodged by Fredriksen Maclean and Associated on behalf of Country Club Estate Ltd, is for stages four to nine of the estate.

The development is one of many under way in the township as escalating land prices continue to encourage home builders to seek alternatives to allotments in Gladstone and Boyne Tannum.

The allotments are part of a greater 137 allotment subdivision along Stowe Road just past the Calliope Golf Course.

The allotments are about one acre (0.405ha) in size. One of the shire council's conditions is the upgrading of the intersection of the Dawson Highway and Bloomfield Street as mentioned in its transitional planning scheme policy.

As the contributions from Country Club Estate will not cover the cost of the intersection construction, the developer will have the option to share the construction cost with the council, Main Roads and other developers.

Also, as the council has adequate parks in the area, the developer will be required to construct a bikeway from the ovals in Bunting Park to the main road of the development and a concrete path for pedestrian traffic.

Gladstone Ray White's commercial sales agent John Fieldus said Calliope township was attracting people wanting to build homes because the allotments were cheaper and usually also larger.

"What might cost $150,000 in Gladstone can cost $100,000 out there (Calliope),'' he said.

"Also, when Rio Tinto (alumina refinery) proceeds to the second stage, travel along Calliope River Road to the plant would be about the same as travel from Gladstone.''

"These days Calliope is really an out suburb of Gladstone.''

Mr Fieldus, who is also the agent for the estate, said the allotments often sold out before they had a chance to get onto the market.

Calliope Real Estate principal Alister McLachlan said Calliope offered affordable housing options as compared with other subdivisions in the area.

"Demand for residential property in Calliope is being driven by new residents moving to the area from Gladstone and Boyne Tannum,'' he said.