Aussie Development Caters to Motorhomes

May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The first tenants could be rolling their motorhome into the RV Homebase development in Tinana, Queensland, Australia, within six weeks, according to developers.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle reported that while the 210-home development is four months behind schedule and has seen budget blow-outs, its owners insist the project has weathered the storms  —  both literally and figuratively. The estate offers homes ranging from $325,000 to $450,000, which are custom designed to cater to motorhome owners.

“The wet weather has set us back about six months, and there are some cost over-runs associated with that,” RV Homebase Chairman Peter Shadforth said. “The last two weeks has been the first two weeks in a row where we haven’t had rain every day, so it has had a profound impact.”

The company paid cash for the land and secured $10.2 million in funding for the project before it started, and Shadforth said they had spent $14 million to date.

“We’ve completed $2 million worth of external work such as roads and footpaths, and we’ve got more to spend,” he said.

“But we are fully funded to complete the project and we are going full steam ahead to get it finished.”

Although the project has faced council delays and increasing infrastructure charges, Shadforth said the developers were in negotiations to help keep costs under control.

RV Homebase Marketing Manager Mark Tolley said six homes had been sold and were being built, and 49 people in total had signed an expression of interest form and paid a $1,000 deposit.

“One couple is already living in Maryborough in their RV while they wait for their home to be completed, so we’re working as fast as we can to have it open,” Tolley said.

“We’re aiming to have our certificate of occupancy by the end of June, which will allow us to open the site to the public.”

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