An early artists' impression of the Philip Street development. Courtesy of Gladstone Regional Council.
An early artists' impression of the Philip Street development. Courtesy of Gladstone Regional Council.

Six projects made council's infrastructure priority list

THE Gladstone Council has drawn up a list of six priority infrastructure ventures, and while the Gladstone Communities Project slated for Philip St is still on the list, there's hot debate on whether it should be on Philip St.

Priority projects are the Boyne River Bridge, Miriam Vale Town Enhancement Project, the Gladstone Community Project, development of Bunting Park, CQ Benaraby MotorSportz Complex, and Boyne Tannum Sports Park.

This was down from a list of 17 drawn up in 2010 by the council, in the expectation that industry would kick in about $100 million for the development.

While there was little debate on the merit of the projects on the new list in council this week, much talk centred on whether the Philip St plan should be moved.

"Before we even get to the site, we have to do so much earthworks and so much roadworks. It's putting it out of the reach of council," Cr Rick Hanson said.

"I agree we need the project, but I think the Philip St part should be dropped off because we need to find somewhere else to put it."

In response, deputy mayor Matt Burnett said nothing should be put in the "too-hard" basket.

"I remember in 2001 we were told that we would never build a new entertainment centre.

"It was pie in the sky and we should take it off the long-term financial plan and last month we opened a brand new entertainment centre," Cr Burnett said.

A proposed amendment to strike the reference to Philip St was lost at vote, while council approved the new set of priority projects for 2014.