Reg Lawler, of CHIP.
Reg Lawler, of CHIP.

Rainbow Shores comments time limit

REGISTERED supporters and opponents of the controversial Rainbow Shores Stage Two development proposal at Rainbow Beach have just under a fortnight to lodge additional grounds in support of their views.

Inskip Point camping advocate Reg Lawler has called for the State Government to put its money where its mouth is in opposing the project, by buying back the lease for land involved in the proposal.

Short of that, he said opponents of the proposal want Gympie Regional Council to back up its rejection of the plan by lodging town planning grounds for their decision.

Mr Lawler, of the Citizens Helping Inskip Peninsula group, said CHIP and other parties opposing Rainbow Shores Stage Two have until April 9 to provide grounds additional to those already lodged by the State Government’s Department of Environment and Resource Management and the council.

Rainbow Shores also has the opportunity to lodge additional grounds in support of the plan, as does project supporter, the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association.

Council recently rejected the proposal after it came before its Planning and Development Committee, on instructions from DERM.

Other parties to the case include the Main Roads Department and the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation.

Rainbow Shores developer Andreas Krauchi has appealed against the rejection. Mr Lawler says that at this stage council has endorsed DERM’s environmental reasons for rejection but has not advanced its own town planning reasons.

Mr Lawler claims a majority of project opponents want it rejected on town planning grounds, which is up to council.

“This is on the basis that they would have expected council to reject it on planning grounds, if DERM had not objected on environmental ones.

“An ideal solution would be for the state to buy back the lease,” he said.

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