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    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Queensland communities register Iconic interest

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    Queensland communities register Iconic interest

    March 19, 2008

    The State Government received three expressions of interest to have areas in Queensland declared iconic by the cut off on Friday afternoon.

    The Livingstone Shire Council nominated 21 sites for consideration under the new Iconic Queensland Places Legislation, the Isisford Shire Council has proposed the entire shire be declared mainly on the basis of its archaeological significance and the Blackall Range Land Use Planning Association put forward the Blackall Ranges.

    “The former Douglas and Noosa council areas are identified as iconic under the new Act, so the special character residents and visitors treasure so dearly will not be threatened by future development,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas.

    “Over the coming weeks, these new submissions will be assessed to decide if the nominated places meet the criteria for iconic status.”

    There are numerous criteria defined in the legislation:

    (a) the characteristics or qualities of the place’s natural or built environment reflect or contribute in a substantial way to Queensland’s character; and

    (b) the place is under pressure from population growth and new development; and

    (c) there is a demonstrated threat to the characteristics or qualities; and

    (d) local planning instruments for the place contribute in a substantial way to the protection of the characteristics or qualities; and

    (e) there is substantial support by the local community in the place for the making of the declaration.

    “I want to make it very clear that this legislation will only protect the qualities and values already identified through existing planning schemes,” added Mr Lucas.

    “It recognises the hard work of those communities and local governments who have identified what they value about their own place, and protected those qualities through local planning schemes.”

    Under the legislation, the Minister has until June 30 to declare additional iconic places.

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