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

    State “calls in” Wide Bay Burnett developments

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

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    State “calls in” Wide Bay Burnett developments

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas has “called in” two development applications for residential developments in the Wide Bay Burnett region.

    “A development application for 129 residential allotments at Windermere Road, Qunaba was approved by the former Burnett Shire Council on 11 February 2008,” said Mr Lucas.

    “A separate application for 136 residential allotments across four lots in Goodwood, was approved by the former Isis Shire Council on 11 March this year.

    “Both of these decisions were made in the last few meetings of the Councils before the Local Government elections and went against the advice of the relevant Council town planning officers.

    “These development proposals could be out of sequence with orderly infrastructure provision, and may also be contrary to the relevant council planning scheme, and the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2007-26.

    “Both Isis and Burnett Shire councils have since been amalgamated into Bundaberg Regional Council.

    “Concerns were raised by the community and other government agencies over the appropriateness of those decisions.

    “In re-assessing these applications, I will consider whether the former shire councils followed key parts of their planning schemes when granting approval.

    “I do not propose to comment further on the merits of the applications, pending my decision.”

    The minister for planning can exercise “call in” powers under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 on state interest grounds, and decide the applications in place of the relevant local government.

    “The Bligh Government has an overarching policy to ensure growth and development are managed in a way that enhances the region’s environmental and social values, and delivers the key infrastructure to support robust economic development,” said Mr Lucas.

    “This will contribute to keeping the balance right in our state’s development.”

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