Achieving what the people want

GYMPIE regional councillors yesterday resolved informally to work with the people of the Mary Valley to seek a way forward for the region and its residents and business owners.

Importantly, Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen says councillors are concerned to ensure that any solution comes from the people, so that it fits in with their environmental, residential and business concerns.

Cr Petersen said councillors recognised a need to engage with the community “to see what they want and to work to achieve that.

“My personal view is there are now a lot of opportunities and now is the time to capitalise on them,” Cr Petersen said.

“Primarily, there is the issue of the conservation of the river itself. It’s environmental issues that stopped the dam and we have to follow on from that. Also there are opportunities brought to us by the fact that so much of the land is now in the hands of one owner, giving the chance in some cases to reconfigure allotments to ensure blocks are of a suitable and viable size.

“The State Government is quite right in its decision to offer land to the previous owners but if the previous owners do not proceed with the re-purchase, we will need to have a look at reconfiguring some of them. Environmental, productivity social issues are important. We just need to get the balance right. That’s the main thing. The overwhelming sense I took away from our meeting is that we want to work together with people to steer them towards the outcomes they want.”

Gympie Times


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