Hoping to sell: Hilton and Hazel Parker could lose some of their pool as road widening takes place to allow a bus station.
Hoping to sell: Hilton and Hazel Parker could lose some of their pool as road widening takes place to allow a bus station. Nicholas Falconer

Bus route bid forces woman to sell

IN the end, Diane Bishop did not have the energy to fight.

Mrs Bishop, who has terminal breast cancer, and her husband Raymond have decided to sell their home of 17 years to make way for the State Government’s $297 million Coast Connect project.

The Bishops’ property and several others backing on to Nicklin Way at Buddina – opposite Kawana Shoppingworld – need to be resumed to make way for an overhead walkway, as part of the proposed project to build a Caloundra to Maroochydore bus corridor.

The couple said they knew of at least four other homeowners who had agreed to sell to the government.

While Mrs Bishop described the offer for their home as fair, given the area, she said they did not really have an alternative.

“We had no choice. I’m running out of time,” she said.

The couple will rent the home back until they have to move.

“We were planning on staying there, but I realise you can’t stand in the way of progress,” Mrs Bishop said.

Pensioners Hazel and Hilton Parker, who live on Nicklin Way at Warana, are also hoping the government will buy their house to make way for the corridor.

The couple is unsure how much of their home would be resumed for a bus stop, but want out regardless.

“We’ve filled out the forms and we’ll see if they buy the place off us, because no one (else) will buy it because of the stop there and how much land it will take off our place,” Mrs Parker said, adding they would get the market value for their home of 18 years.

Responding to parliamentary questions last month from LNP member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the project team was finalising the concept design and impact-management plan and would present it to the community in the coming months for a final round of comment.

Ms Nolan said if the project was implemented, construction might commence between 2013 and 2019.

Mr Bleijie said he did not understand the rush to buy Mrs Bishop’s property.

“If her property is resumed, this resident will have to pay rent at 80% of market cost, when residents involved with the Traveston Crossing Dam property resumptions paid as little as $100 per week or less,” he said.  

“I ask the minister to explain to my constituent what the difference is between herself and those in the Mary Valley.”

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