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DEVELOPMENT

The Widebay Burnett Regional Growth Plan 2007 is the regional policy document which gives direction to management of the Widebay Burnett; the policies contained in that document are policies which have been designed through a public consultation process lasting many years.

This document is going to be given Statutory (law)  effect in the near future by the Bligh government. This will mean that the policies will become law with respect to where, what type and how development can occur within the region.

It is essential for all ratepayers of the Fraser Coast to read this document to form an opinion as to whether this plan would be suitable for future development within the region.

The plan provides a settlement pattern within the region for residential, rural residential, rural, agricultural and industrial development.  

The plan can be accessed by clicking here

The plan when gazetted will be read in conjunction with the Integrated Planning Act 1997 for council planners when dealing with particular development applications.

A Draft WideBay Regional Coastal Management Plan has also been created to support the regional plan in dealing specifically with coastal development applications, this plan is ready to be put out to public comment,  however Minister McNamara is refusing to release it because it is in conflict with the Traveston Dam project.

www.epa.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/coast_and_oceans/coastal_management/regional_coastal_management_plans/wide_bay_coast/regional_consultative_group

As the Qld Cabinet appointed delegate to that planning process I am restricted from releasing any of the policies before the public comment stage.

This is a plan which has very has very sound policies for ensuring that development which is being considered in the coastal zone , meets the principals of ecologically sustainable development  ( ESD) .

The policies have been drafted by those of us chosen as community representatives from Miriam Vale to Noosa , planners from Miriam Vale , Burnett , Marybororugh , Hervey Bay and Cooloola Councils were involved as well as the UDIA , traditional owners ,agricultural , catchment management  and Tourism delegates.

Therefore no claims  of ‘why weren’t we told?’ , can be made that the various sector groups , which includes the development sector , regional councils and  WideBay Water ( who were invited to nominate a delegate) . If the Bligh government releases the plan , everyone in the region can make submissions to ensure we end up with a solid document with ‘community ownership’.

The conservation sector is currently attempting to ‘persuade’ the Bligh government to release the Draft Coastal Management Plan, to ensure that the pubic is allowed to comment and thereby have some ‘ownership’ (democracy) of the plan.

These regional documents form the basis of my policies for regional development, however, I also believe that you the ratepayers of the region should have the option to create a ‘Specific Fraser Coast Regional Growth Plan’, if it is considered to be needed, and I will agree to follow that process should I be elected or not.

If you would like any explanation of the policies or  copies from the Widebay Regional Growth Plan please do not hesitate to contact me on 0448 91 7571 or roger.rmc@bigpond.com.au

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