Red tape stifling Gympie growth
JUST 10 development applications have been put through Gympie Regional Council since the introduction of the Wide Bay Burnett State Regulatory Provisions and Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) in mid-December.
Council planning and development chairperson Cr Ian Petersen described it as a dramatic reduction and said the State Government had “pulled the rug out from under” council.”
He put the “amazing drop off in development applications” down to the SPA's tough legislation and said council was trying to create jobs, while the State Government was putting a stop to it.
He said while council was spending ratepayers' money trying to entice business to invest and start up in the region, the new legislation meant their applications were being denied, undermining council efforts.
The council would be putting in a submission to the State Government about the SPA and the public should to do the same, he said.
A report last week showed applications were down on last year by an 8.3 per cent average, before December 18, but Cr Petersen said the region was doing better than the Queensland average decline of 35 per cent.
However, the numbers were still up by 5.7 per cent compared to a nine-year average since 2000.