BIG IDEA: The proposed 350-lot development in Capella.
BIG IDEA: The proposed 350-lot development in Capella. Contributed

Lots in store for tiny town Capella on brink of housing boom but needs council tick

AMBITIOUS plans are before the Central Highlands Regional Council for approval of 350 houses in Capella.

The Ghost Gum Property Group has lodged plans with the CHRC to get the ball rolling on a housing development which will bring affordable homes to a town set to undergo a population explosion as planned resource projects come online in the region.

Development director Kevin Holt said Capella was an ideal investment area due to its location in the Bowen Basin.

"We've been investigating it for six months and it's only just been lodged in the last two months with the council," Mr Holt said.

"Capella the wonderful facilities for a small community with aquatic and equestrian centres being prime examples."

CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire said the facilities were a major drawcard for investors to the town.

"I think Capella is obviously a township with excellent facilities," Cr Maguire said.

"That is certainly a consideration for investors to the region."

The plans include 111 housing lots to be released to the market in stages one and two, bringing a variety of housing designs ranging from smaller terrace housing to residential homes, as well as dual occupancy developments by way of duplexes and triplexes.

It will also include a variety of lot sizes with eight to 10 townhouses on each, Mr Holt said.

While the development is dependent on external factors such as local and State Government approvals, engineering and capital works, as well as power and water supplies, Mr Holt said the company was committed to working with the council to ensure the housing project could become a reality.

"While the town planning department of the Central Highlands council are supportive, we are well aware of supply constraints relating to water and electricity," Mr Holt said.

"Not everyone wants to fly in and fly out of the community.

"People wanting to live in the community should get that chance to live there."

Mr Holt said the proposal would be open to community comment and consultation during the approval process.

Foodworks fills grocery void in Capella

TIERI Foodworks is tapping into Capella's lack of shopping options and has started a delivery service for a small fee.

Manager Tashia Weir said while the idea was still in its early stages it was hoped customers would use the service.

"We only had two orders the first week, but we've only done it once," Mrs Weir said.

"We are getting more and more people coming here (to Tieri) and our shop is expanding all the time."

Customers need to contact the store with their shopping lists, and staff will collect and deliver the goods for $10 extra. The service is open to all customers.

32-room motel gets approval

A TWO-STOREY motel complex will soon adorn the Capella skyline after the Central Highlands council unanimously voted to approve the development at Wednesday's meeting.

The 32-room development at 29 Peak Downs St will be complete with a manager's residence and communal dining room, with 33 car parking spaces in accordance with the local town planning scheme.

A condition of the approval was that no stay was to exceed 28 consecutive days.

The Bowen Basin residence's 2023sq m site approval is valid to December 2016.

The unit and old shop on the site will be demolished.

Capella fast facts

Population: 926

Families: 238

Private homes: 459

Accommodation: 5 providers

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