Last chance for us to have a say
A PUBLIC meeting in Gympie on Tuesday evening could be the last chance for residents wanting to preserve democracy in planning the region’s future, a senior councillor warned yesterday.
Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Committee chairman, Ian Petersen, said recently introduced State Government regulations, to be discussed at the meeting, would affect everyone in the region, whether they owned property or not.
“(They) will have a profound effect on landowners’ ability to deal with their land and will also impact on the lifestyle of every member of our community,” he said.
Cr Petersen said the State Government had virtually seized control of land use planning throughout Gympie’s larger Wide Bay-Burnett region, taking away council flexibility and removing planning from local democratic control.
The regional plan was a first step towards a State Government aim of increasing population density in urban areas and greatly restricting suburban or other residential development elsewhere.
He said the meeting, to be held in the Fossickers Hall at the Gympie Civic Centre from 5.30pm on Tuesday, had been organised by Department of Infrastructure and Planning and would take the form of an information session on the new rules.
“The session is open to all and, whether they are property owners or not, residents should seize the opportunity to find out more about this process,” he said.