Break O’Day Council has moved to close off a municipal road to make way for a proposed caravan park development in St Helens.
Council held a special meeting last week to consider closing a section of Parkside Avenue near Stieglitz, eventually deciding that closing the road would be in the public benefit.
The decision is expected to pave the way for the re-establishment of a caravan park in the avenue, a project estimated to inject between $8 million and $10 million into the region during construction and a further $500,000 into the municipality each year afterwards.
The development would create about 40 jobs in the construction period and a further 18 full-time equivalent positions once the park begins operation.
Break O’Day mayor Mick Tucker said while the development was yet to be officially put forward, council was keen to foster investment in the municipality.
“The development application hasn't been lodged because I imagine it will be waiting to see the outcome of this process we’re involved with now,” Cr Tucker said.
“If there are any representations we'll see if we can satisfy any concerns people have and we'll work forward in a collaborative approach with the developers and the residents to try to get good outcomes for everyone.
“There is a substantial economic and jobs benefit there while it's being constructed and also full time jobs when it is completed.”
Cr Tucker hoped that the closure of the road, which is surfaced with gravel and bisects at the western entrance, would also have safety benefits for motorists and pedestrians.
“As there's more and more traffic using that road there's more and more big trailers and caravans, so this in essence will help to minimise any potential accidents that could occur in the future.
“I think because of the nature of the business people in the local area have become aware what the development is all about which is a good thing, and most of the public we're talking to is supportive of having high-class accommodation in our community.”
The decision will be open to public representation for a period of 28 days.