New dawn starts for Grantham
AFTER a somewhat harrowing start to the year, the people of Grantham may have a brighter start to 2012 with the first residential home to be built on the new estate this week.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) mayor Steve Jones made the announcement while presenting a progress report to the Federal House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs who were in Grantham after hearing submissions in Toowoomba while conducting an inquiry into disaster insurance.
Mayor Jones was diplomatic in his responses to committee members when questioned about the effects on Grantham residents from insurance company failures.
"The main problem arose through a lack of communication and the lack of response from companies who were not geared up to handle such a big event," Cr Jones said.
He said the insurance companies had not worked with the council on the new estate even though there would be less likelihood of any claims with the state not being built on a flood plain.
Mayor Jones focused more on the progress of the new estate and said the first 44 houses, in stage one of the historic land swap, were due to be built or shifted to the new estate with a further 26 new residents "ready to go if insurance claims can be settled".
The new estate encompasses 1000 acres and is set to become a hub for the Gatton region with the LVRC setting aside land for parklands as well as for future use by the Gatton Showgrounds and schools with flood free access to the Warrego Highway with western access already in place.