Deal struck over Miriam Vale town plan

A LONG running dispute has finally been settled between the Miriam Vale Lions Club and Gladstone Regional Council over the town's make-over.

The two parties have come to an agreement just one day shy of the June 30 deadline.

Work on the development of the town centre was supposed to start in April this year.

In March the council warned the residents of Miriam Vale it might pull out of the $5 million commitment after members of the community aired objections to the spend.

A petition with almost 200 signatures was submitted to the council by Miriam Vale Lions president Larry Halbert. The Lions Club has a long-term lease on the land at Alf Larson Park and could have launched legal action to stop the redevelopment going ahead.

But the council confirmed yesterday issues of the land lease had been resolved and the project was on track to kick off in the second half of the year - if funding was confirmed in the upcoming budget.

No details of the agreement were given by the council.

Acting Mayor Matt Burnett said a letter from the Lions Club supporting the project had effectively resolved the issue with an agreement to negotiate a new sublease over the land.

"The Lions Club sub-leases land incorporating its existing clubhouse and other community facilities from Council, however, the proposed project redesign requires the relocation of community buildings to a different section of the park,' Cr Burnett said.

"This is the gateway to our region. We want it to be inviting so people want to stop in our region." The Observer was unable to reach Lions President Larry Halbert for comment.