Grantham begins new era on high

GRANTHAM'S new higher ground housing estate will be officially opened on Saturday.

The opening will be 11 months to the day since floodwaters tore through the Lockyer Valley town and forced construction of a new residential area.

The first house was moved into the new estate late last month, while a number of others remain under construction.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said council was putting final touches on roads, paths and landscaping before the launch.

"We've inducted almost 600 workers onto the site so it really has been an enormous task, and Saturday will be a chance to thank all those people who have been working around the clock to make this development happen," Cr Jones said.

"We've invited all of the residents who are taking part in the swap to come along and have a look at just how far we have come in only 11 months."

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will officially open the estate at 10.30am on Saturday.

The mayor and premier will tour the area and see the massive changes made less than a year after Ms Bligh visited Grantham following the flood.

Council has also confirmed residents will be moving into the estate before Christmas.

Residents will have access to new facilities including sporting fields and parklands, as well as access to the high-speed National Broadband Network.

More than 70 families took part in the first land-swap ballot, with the second ballot to take place early in the new year.

While Cr Jones couldn't confirm what the land council now owns in the old flood zone would be used for, he said parklands, community markets and giving farmers access to it would be the most likely.



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