Plan for Wide Bay growth
A NEW 20-year plan released yesterday will provide a blueprint to guide the draft Wide Bay Burnett region’s social and economic development.
The plan is supposed to strike the right balance between managing population growth and maintaining the lifestyle that residents in the region currently enjoy.
“Queensland is the growth state and with more than half of our population residing outside of the capital it is important that we have a statutory framework in place like the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan to guide sustainable growth,” Treasurer and Regional Planning Minister for the Wide Bay Burnett Andrew Fraser said.
“The current Wide Bay Burnett population of 287,000 is expected to climb to 433,500 by 2031, making it the second-largest growing region in Queensland.”
Mr Fraser said existing regional centres and towns would be the main focus for accommodating the expect growth in the region. “In particular, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gympie will attract the vast majority of the region’s growth,” he said.
“Growth in these towns will be catered for through development of new residential development and infill development... Victory Heights and East Deep Creeks areas have also been identified as development areas. This will also allow for vital rural production lands and environmentally sensitive areas to be protected.”
Mr Fraser said the draft WBBRP had been developed with input from the Regional Planning Committee, comprising representatives of local governments and state agencies and local interest groups.
He now wants to hear what the community has to say about the draft plan, so a number of questions and answer sessions have been organised until the consultation period ends on December 24.
The final plan will be released once all submissions have been considered and appropriate amendments made. It can be viewed at www.dip.qld.gov.au/widebayburnett.
Information sessions will be held at Gympie Civic Centre on Wednesday October 6, 6-7pm; and at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Tuesday October 12, 6-7pm.