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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    New regional plan for WideBay Burnett - have your say

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Thursday, June 01, 2006

    New regional plan for WideBay Burnett - have your say

    Residents from Gympie to Miriam Vale and west to Eidsvold can help shape the future of the Wide Bay Burnett region after Planning Minister Desley Boyle today released the Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan.

    The Draft Plan will be on public display for six weeks and residents can provide feedback on anything from environmental protection to urban growth areas.

    Ms Boyle said the new Draft Plan covered 22 local government areas from Cooloola Shire to Monto Shire - 12 more than the previous WideBay regional plan, which focussed on coastal councils.

    She said: “The new Draft Plan focuses on ensuring sustainable growth and development across the Wide Bay Burnett region.

    “This Draft Plan covers all the major issues: water supply, protection of rural areas, future residential growth areas, transport and infrastructure, waste management and affordable, accessible communications and information technology.”

    Ms Boyle said the main focus of the Draft Plan was to set guidelines and plans to help local councils cater for the region’s expected population growth over the next 20 years.

    “By 2026, this region can expect another 100,000 people to be living here, growing from about 260,000 now to 358,000.

    “We need to make sure this influx of people doesn’t adversely affect the region’s long-term future.

    Ms Boyle said the Draft Plan would guide and shape local council planning schemes, providing a “big picture” perspective.

    Member for Hervey Bay Andrew McNamara and member for Bundaberg Nita Cunningham welcomed the draft plan.

    Mrs Cunningham said: “The region is very diverse, from the western agricultural areas to the booming coastal cities so planning for the future needs to consider these issues.”

    The plan includes the councils of Biggenden, Bundaberg, Burnett, Cherbourg, Cooloola, Eidsvold, Gayndah, HerveyBay, Isis, Kilkivan, Kingaroy, Kolan, Maryborough, Miriam Vale, Monto, Mundubbera, Murgon, Nanango, Perry, Tiaro, Wondai and Woocoo.

    Community meetings will be held in mid June in Bundaberg, Kingaroy, HerveyBay, Maryborough and Mundubbera.

    Mr McNamara urged people to come along to a public meeting and have their say.

    “We’ve planned the public meetings in mid June so everyone can get a copy of the Draft Plan, have a read through and decide what they like or maybe don’t like and then come along and ask questions,” Mr McNamara said.

    Community meetings will be held from 7-8.30pm at the following locations: Training Rooms, Maryborough City Hall, Kent St, Maryborough on Tuesday, June 6; at the Supper Room, Civic Centre, Bourbong St, Bundaberg on Wednesday, June 7; at the Town Common Hall, Glendon St, Kingaroy on Tuesday, June 13; at the Supper Room, Mundubbera Shire Council, Lyons St, Mundubbera on Wednesday, June 14 and at Kondari Resort, Elizabeth St, Urangan, Hervey Bay, on Thursday June 15.

    The draft regional plan is available at www.wbb2026.qld.gov.au.

    Feedback on the new Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan can by provided in writing to the Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation by Friday 7 July 2006 to PO Box 979, Bundaberg Qld 4670 or wbb2026@dlgpsr.qld.gov.au.

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