Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jason Faces Council 'Bullies'; Thousands Spent Following Council Guidelines to Build Then Approval Denied

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jason Faces Council 'Bullies'; Thousands Spent Following Council Guidelines to Build Then Approval Denied

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Byline: Lisa Benoit Lisa.Benoit@capnews.com.au

JASON Spence doesn't tolerate bullying - especially when he claims it's being done by Rockhampton Regional Council.

The Rockhampton businessman has lodged a legal appeal against council, who he says is blocking him from building a home on a parcel of land in Kawana.

Jason, who owns iAssist, says council initially told him to obtain an approval to build he would need to meet the flood-prone land code.

But Jason claimed the council went back on this and is now refusing to meet with him.

Jason said his housing nightmare started in 2012 when he decided to buy two blocks of land in Kawana for $46,000 each.

"Prior to buying the land we asked the council what the blocks were meant to be used for, and were told they were for houses, but we had to meet the flood-prone land code," Jason said.

"We purchased the blocks and started the application process.

"Council said they didn't have flood heights for that area, so we employed engineers to figure that out, but by the time we started doing what council asked, we were running out of money, so we split the applications and focused on our daughter building her house (on one of the parcels)."

Jason said he then had a deputation with the council in December of 2013 to talk about their situation, which he says council found them in favour to build with conditional approval.

Jason thought they had had a win, but his situation was about to become more complicated and frustrating.

It's claimed that council told Jason that before they started building, they would have to each pay $18,000 for infrastructure for the area including sewerage, access to reticulated water and a road upgrade.

"(Council) said in the meeting that my daughter would have to pay the money before moving in, but infrastructure wouldn't go in for maybe 10 years until more houses were in the area," Jason said.

Jason said he had knowledge that three other people were putting building applications in for the area already. …

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