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    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones


    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010


    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones today announced a new State Planning Policy to give greater protection to residential communities from the impacts of industrial expansion.

    Ms Jones said the for Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials State Planning Policy will, for the first time, provide a statewide framework which will ensure consistency for councils, industries and local communities when planning for industry and residential zones.

    “This policy is about providing the necessary planning framework to ensure that industrial development is planned for and designed in a way that minimises the impacts on local communities,” Ms Jones said.

    “Up until now, the interface between industry and residential zones has been managed in a piecemeal way by individual councils.

    “This policy now provides a clear and consistent framework for smart and sensible planning.”

    Ms Jones said local governments would be required to consider the impacts of air, noise and odour emissions and the use of hazardous materials when they plan for industrial zones or residential areas in their local planning schemes.

    “The policy advises, for example, that hazardous industry must not be developed within one and a half kilometers of the nearest residential zone,” she said.

    “Once reflected in local planning schemes, this policy will provide developers with greater certainty about where industrial activities can be located, and will also ensure that residential developments do not encroach on industrial areas.

    “This is about encouraging compatible and harmonious positioning of industrial areas and residential zones.

    “Industrial development is essential to our State’s prosperity and creating jobs for Queenslanders, but this industrial expansion must be done in an environmentally responsible way that minimises the impacts on local communities.

    Ms Jones said the Queensland government has worked closely with local government and industry to get this policy right.

    “Since we released a draft policy last year, we have considered over 60 public submissions in determining the final framework.

    “The final state planning policy ensures those planning for sensitive developments are aware of the impacts that industry may have on the health, wellbeing, amenity and safety of people living in adjacent areas and lays out measures to minimise its impact.

    “We will now be providing training for councils, to ensure the application of this policy is properly understood, before it takes effect at the end of February next year.”

    The proposed development threshold under the policy only applies to development that is already assessed under a local government planning scheme, and will not increase the volume of applications that local government are required to assess.

    A framework already exists under legislation for managing the impacts of industrial activities on a site specific basis such chemical manufacturing, waste treatment, wood product manufacturing and a range of other activities.

    The policy will have no impact on existing residential and industrial activities and encourages appropriate and compatible development between residential and industrial areas.

    Where specified distance cannot be achieved, planning studies must be undertaken, such as a hazard and risk assessment, to ensure closer location will not affect human health and safety.

    The State Planning Policy for Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials is on the DERM website or can be obtained by phoning 1300 130 372

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