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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe


    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009


    South East Queenslanders have an extra month to provide feedback on the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009 – 2031.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe today announced the public consultation period has been extended to 1 May instead of closing of this Friday.

    “Some Councils and interest groups have asked for an extension, I’m keen to make sure everyone gets the chance to have their say,” said Mr Hinchliffe.

    “This is a plan to protect the things that make South East Queensland such a great place to live for future generations, like our wonderful outdoors environment.

    “It places more than 84 per cent of the region off limits to urban development.

    “I encourage everyone to have a look at the draft so they can provide any feedback.

    “It’s a plan for smart growth, to manage our expanding population and tackle the issues of today like housing affordability, congestion and climate change.

    “I’m proud to say we’ve managed to avoid any significant changes to our existing urban footprint, which provides a clear boundary to stop sprawl and protect our natural environment, whilst providing enough land for predicted population growth.

    “The focus of the growth will remain the Western Corridor, where the population will expand twice as fast as Brisbane and the coastal areas each year on average.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said although submissions usually covered several issues, key themes had already emerged.

    “By Monday morning my department had received more than 1000 submissions from individuals, commercial and community organisations, local governments and state agencies,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “They range from several form letters to detailed council submissions, from input from wildlife organisations and conservation groups to the caravan industry.

    “The natural environment is featuring strongly so far with feedback around koala issues, biodiversity, air, noise and coastal management.

    “The department is already processing submissions and I have asked them to work closely with key stakeholders over coming weeks so we can finalise the plan by mid-year.”


    • safeguards more than 84 per cent of the region’s 22, 890 sq km from urban development
    • strict controls remain in place for housing outside urban footprint
    • undeveloped areas, infill areas and rural residential lots can cater for 735,500 more houses and units
    • protects natural landscape and rural production areas from housing and rural subdivision
    • promotes more growth in the Western Corridor to take pressure off coastal communities
    • halts urban sprawl by locating new communities and jobs along public transport corridors to limit car use
    • consolidates rural growth to keep green breaks between cities and communities
    • ecofriendly tourism development allowed outside the urban footprint increased to include “medium-scale” projects, but not on ecologically significant or good quality agricultural lands
    • new sustainable housing designs and new building standards

    The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be viewed at: or at Council chambers.

    Submissions can be mailed to:

    Draft SEQ Regional Plan Submission

    Department of Infrastructure and Planning

    Reply Paid 15009, City East Qld 4002;

    via fax: (07) 3235 4071

    by email:

    (only if they include the full name and email address, or other address, of the submitter)

    or lodged in person at the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, 63 George St, Brisbane.

    Media: Matthew Klar 0437 435 223