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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Government hands back corridor

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Government hands back corridor

    The Newman Government has continued its commitment to restoring power to local governments by revoking the Bundamba to Swanbank State Development Area (SDA) and handing back planning control of the corridor to Ipswich City Council.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney welcomed the move and commended Coordinator-General Barry Broe for identifying another opportunity for the government to cut red tape.

    “This is an excellent example of where the use of the SDA powers has delivered the outcome required, and the ongoing planning and development control has been handed back to the local government,” Mr Seeney said.

    “Too often in the past we have seen changes go the other way, with central governments grabbing more control.”

    Mr Seeney said the SDA was used to facilitate the development of critical water infrastructure and now the infrastructure was built and operational the SDA was no longer required and had been removed.

    The Bundamba to Swanbank SDA, declared in 2006, was a 7.6-kilometre infrastructure corridor near Ipswich designed to be used principally for the construction, operation and maintenance of critical water pipeline infrastructure to service south east Queensland.

    Mr Seeney said Ipswich City Council and infrastructure providers had been consulted before the Coordinator-General revoked the SDA.

    “Council will now assume the assessment and determination responsibilities for any further material change of use proposals within the former SDA,” he said.

    [ENDS] 21 May 2013

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