Govt recognises need for land
IN a major communication breakthrough this week, State Government planners appear to have recognised the Gympie Region’s desperate need for industrial land, to provide employment for its burgeoning population.
Council Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen told this week’s Planning and Development Committee meeting council messages on the need for industrial land seemed to be finally getting through.
While complaining that Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe seemed to “miss the point” on council representations on the issue, there was an emerging realisation that government support was needed to ensure the availability of industrial land in the region.
Cr Petersen said his complaints that not all government agencies were approaching the issue constructively, Mr Hinchliffe had said they had all acted “within their jurisdiction”.
Cr Petersen said he would support another letter to the government pointing out that, while government agencies had signed off on one important development proposal, it had ultimately been killed off by Main Roads Department road upgrade requirements, which rendered it impractical.
The main thrust of council submissions had been that while the department had signed off on the project, it had still killed it off with unrealistic requirements.
“But I think we need to indicate that we do appreciate that they now seem to be starting to listen,” he said.
He said recent meetings indicated a possibly better attitude in future.