THE sleepy village of Elliott Heads near Bundaberg will get a massive 800 per cent increase in population under a new residential plan approved by the local council.
The full 3000-house development was opposed by Bundaberg Council bureaucrats who wanted a more measured approach of about one third the initial size.
Locals were split over the issue with almost half telling the council not to go ahead.
Elliott Heads is Bundaberg's biggest ever development from little known Sydney developer Stan La Vin.
According to locals, other developments including Moore Park are still suffering from too many houses too soon and Coral Cove never lived up to its reputation when the golf estate failed to get its internationally recognised tournaments.
Real Estate Institute of Queensland's zone chairman Michael Dempsey said it would be "bloody great" for the region still suffering the after effects of tornadoes and flooding.
"Have you ever been to Elliott Heads?'' Mr Dempsey asked. "There is just a lot of vacant land there, there's not much infrastructure.
"Bargara is well established, but places like Elliott Heads have always played second fiddle and never fired. An injection of that many blocks will probably mean more shops and infrastructure.
"It hasn't been a tourist centre because there's nothing there, like a pub or restaurants.''
Councillor Danny Rowleson said there were always positive and negatives in these developments but it would drive major upgrades to roads, sewerage and shopping.
"There is a fairly decent divide in the community over the benefits of the scheme but people would be fairly naive if they thought they lived along a pristine coastal area that other people would not see as desirable. I think that time has arrived and the existing village nature will not be disturbed because it doesn't encroach on the coastal area,'' he said.
"There are always positive and negatives, but the very fact we are dealing with a master planned community rather than a 'plonk-it-there' development Bundaberg has had over the years is good.
Mr La Vin could not be contacted but he is believed to be seeking finance overseas for the project.
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