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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Minister rejects relocatable home park proposal

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Minister rejects relocatable home park proposal

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has exercised his call-in powers to support a regional council’s decision to refuse a proposed development near Bundaberg.

    The former Burnett Shire Council (now Bundaberg Regional Council) had previously refused the development application for a relocatable home park at 795 Burnett Heads Road, Rubyanna.

    The developer Galawall Pty Ltd appealed council’s decision to the Planning and Environment Court, prompting the then Minister Paul Lucas to call in the development.

    Minister Hinchliffe said he supported council’s decision to refuse the application on a number of grounds, namely because the proposal fell outside the urban area.

    The applicant had sought to establish 154 relocatable residential dwellings, central communal area with swimming pool, bowling green, tennis court, residents’ club, and recreational pathways and shelters on nearly 10 hectares of land.

    “While I appreciate the developer’s initiative in trying to get this project off the ground, it is my responsibility to ensure that productive and potentially productive agricultural land is preserved, and that the rural character of this area is kept intact for future generations,” the Minister said.

    “I was advised that this proposed development is in conflict with the Rural Zone Code of the Burnett Shire Planning Scheme 2006.

    “The proposed development is also contrary to the preferred settlement pattern of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2007 – 2026, in that it is for residential purposes in an area which has a preferred intensive agriculture land use designation and is intended to be retained for productive agricultural purposes.

    “An overriding community need for the development has not been demonstrated by the applicant, and it could be located elsewhere in an appropriately designated area.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said he had taken advice from Department of Infrastructure and Planning staff, council planners, and independent planning consultants Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants.

    The Integrated Planning Act 1997 allows the Minister for Planning to call-in and decide an application in place of the relevant local government body where an application involves a State interest. The Minister’s decision cannot be appealed.

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