Rockhampton Regional Council has approved the first three stages of Stockland’s planned 2350-lot Ellida residential development at Parkhurst.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said the development would go a long way to meeting future growth in the city’s housing market.
“Council has been a long-term supporter of this project and we were thrilled when Stockland resubmitted their plans for the development with council late last year,” she said.
“With the tightening of the rental market being a good sign for this project, we now look forward to Stockland progressing it and we start to see the economic benefits it will bring to the whole region.”
Planning Committee Chair Cr Ellen Smith said the approval allowed for the first 121 lots and parkland.
“This approval will allow Stockland to progress to the next stage which will be the operational works which come before the homes – things like roads, sewerage and water infrastructure,” Cr Smith said.
“We know that there are large infrastructure hurdles this project has to overcome beyond that scope as well which is why we provided a letter of support as they look to attract State or Federal funding to address those infrastructure needs.
“This is a massive development and while there’s still more work and approvals in the future, this is an exciting next step in the process to make this estate a reality.”