New region plan is released – at last
THE State Government yesterday announced full details of its anxiously-awaited statutory regional land use plan for Gympie's Wide Bay Burnett region.
And the plan received an unexpectedly favourable reaction from Mayor Ron Dyne and Planning and Development Committee chairman Ian Petersen, who both said it seemed council concerns had been considered seriously and fully taken into account.
Acting Local Government Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the plan, intended to take the region and guide its development through to 2031, would "sustainably manage 20 years of growth in the region".
She said the plan had undergone extensive community consultation and would help the council cater for future population growth.
"Gympie city will continue to be the hub of commerce and essential services for the southern part of the region, so future expansion must be balanced against the current way of life," she said.
Full details of the plan and local reaction will be published in tomorrow's Gympie Times.