Great southern suburb plan
A SPRAWLING business and industrial park will soon rise from a cane paddock at Edmonton after a local third-generation farming family won their four-year legal battle over the plans.Pregno Family Investments has been tied up in the Cairns Planning and Environment Court since March 2009, appealing against the council's rejection of their proposed 32.2ha development.
But all seven development applications for the land along the southern corridor were finally given the green light by Judge Bill Everson last week and the Pregno group is now focused on the first stage of the development.
"It's a great relief," Pregno spokeswoman Meredith Gardiner said.
"It was very frustrating at times over the last four years."
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Sweet victory: Welcoming the end of a development approval saga for the Pregno project are (from left) Alan Savina, Peter Kitching, Meredith Gardiner and John Schilling. Picture: TOM LEE