Draft development scheme for Oonoonba UDA released for public consultation

The draft development scheme for the Oonoonba Urban Development Area (UDA) has been released for public consultation, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

The release of the draft development scheme follows the June 21 circulation of the Oonoonba UDA draft structure plan for public consultation. The proposed development scheme builds upon this process and will be available for public comment until October 4.

Mr Hinchliffe said the draft outlines Queensland Government plans to develop up to 900 lots and provide affordable and diverse housing for first home buyers, young families and key workers in the fast growing region.

"Once developed, the Oonoonba site will contain homes for a range of people including first home buyers looking to get their foot into the housing market, young families starting out and people looking to downsize," Mr Hinchliffe said.

Mr Hinchliffe said the Oonoonba UDA will help manage the growth of Townsville, in line with the Townsville Futures Plan, which aims to position Townsville as the key centre for North Queensland and to encourage newcomers to the area.

The plan for the 83 hectare site aims to create an ecologically sustainable residential development of up to 900 lots incorporating trees, a network of open parks and links to the Ross River.

The Oonoonba UDA is approximately three kilometres south of the Townsville central business district and bounded by the Ross River to the north and west, the railway line and Abbot Street road corridor to the east, and established homes along Riverwood Drive and Viewpoint Terrace to the south.

More information is available from the Urban Land Development Authority website at <http://www.ulda.qld.gov.au/>.

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