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

    “Common sense” quarry decision for Bundaberg

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

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    “Common sense” quarry decision for Bundaberg

    The Queensland Government has announced that a new quarry proposed for the Bundaberg region would not be allowed to proceed, while a neighbouring residential development has been approved.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he had listened to community concerns and made the decision to approve Austcorp’s residential development while declining Holcim Pty Ltd’s application for a neighbouring quarry.

    “Earlier this year, I decided “call in” these two projects to ensure a decision was made in the state’s interests,” Mr Seeney said.

    “After careful consideration, I have made the common-sense decision that a new quarry is not compatible in an area that is best suited in the longer-term for residential development.

    “This is prime coastal real estate in a region experiencing population growth and in need of new affordable housing.

    “My decision also takes into account the need to provide space for infrastructure to support the development of the entire coastal strip from Innes Park to Bargara.

    “While it may have been conceivable thirty or forty years ago to approve a quarry at this site, that isn’t the case today.”

    Mr Seeney said Austcorp’s master planned, residential community development in Coral Cove had the potential to provide more than 4,300 jobs across the life of the project, and provide up to 670 new housing lots.

    “This development will provide a significant boost to the local construction industry over a period of 15 years and make a real difference in an area estimated to need an additional 750 houses per annum in coming years,” he said.

    “The coastal strip from Burnett Heads to Elliott Heads is proving to be a popular place to live and I expect the Coral Cove development to tap into that interest.”

    Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett said the decisions on both projects are a great result for the community and the coastal environment.

    “I want to congratulate all the community members who have engaged with me and allowed us to reach this outcome,” Mr Bennett said

    “I have worked hard to ensure the community’s views on the proposed quarry were heard, and I am gratified to see that our LNP government has listened and made the right decision for our region.”

    More information about a Ministerial call available at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/development-applications/ministerial-call-in.html

    [ENDS] 18 October 2014

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