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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Deputy Premier launches Toowoomba draft planning scheme

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Deputy Premier launches Toowoomba draft planning scheme

    Toowoomba residents are being encouraged to have a say about the future of their region after Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas today officially launched Toowoomba Regional Council’s new draft planning scheme for public consultation.

    Mr Lucas said the new local planning scheme was the first in Queensland to be aligned with the Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) following the introduction of the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) in 2009.

    “The Toowoomba Regional Council is the first of 73 local governments in the state to launch a draft local planning scheme exemplifying the Queensland Planning Provisions,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Toowoomba is leading the pack despite having to consolidate planning for eight diverse amalgamated councils.

    “Having one planning scheme enables a more holistic and coordinated approach to planning and economic development in the Toowoomba region.

    “This is also an important step in bringing together the state’s diverse range and styles of planning schemes into a universal format that makes it easy to understand from region to region and builds in community interests up front.”

    Mr Lucas said Toowoomba was one of several local governments that the State Government had partnered with in its Exemplar Planning Scheme project.

    “The Exemplar Planning Scheme project works hand in hand with councils facing a range of different planning opportunities and challenges across Queensland to develop their new planning schemes.

    “This project demonstrates the flexibility of Queensland’s planning system to respond to and embrace this diversity.

    “Toowoomba’s unique setting - including a mix of urban, city and rural agricultural needs is a great example of this diversity.

    “This is a 21st century planning system that will help maintain and deal with 21st century environmental, social and economic growth challenges.

    “It will guide the way land and buildings are used and developed in the whole Toowoomba region to meet future growth challenges while protecting the quality of life for residents.

    “I encourage all Toowoomba residents to take this opportunity to have their say during the public consultation period."

    Mr Lucas said the State Government had also provided a Microsoft Surface Device for residents to use during one-on-one appointments made with a council planner.

    "The large interactive touch screen gives users the ability to zoom in on their property and maps of the region to see the proposed outcomes included in the planning scheme," he said.

    Toowoomba Mayor Peter Taylor said Mr Lucas’ visit signified the importance of council working with the State Government to implement the planning reform.

    “Council has worked hand-in-hand with the state government throughout the process of preparing the scheme to ensure it is consistent with the state-wide planning framework under the SPA,” Mr Taylor said.

    “Fourteen regional planning studies and extensive community consultation around the region has allowed council to prepare the first draft planning scheme, which is truly a scheme for the TRC region.”

    To review the draft planning scheme and get details on council information sessions and open days in the region visit www.futurebydesign.com.au. Submissions close on September 2.

    Media Contact: Todd Saunders 0400 631 474