Smith case shows state's 'bad attitude'
GYMPIE Regional Council has been told that the region will never achieve its full potential “until the State Government implements a whole of government approach to decision making” on land use planning issues.
Planning and Development Committee chairman Ian Petersen told this week's general meeting of council that the government had displayed an “insular attitude” over the situation of major Gympie company J Smith and Sons, which had been offered government money to relocate to Maryborough, but denied support to move to a new site in the Gympie Region.
Cr Petersen said his committee had heard from the company's head, Kerren Smith, who said he would much prefer to keep the business in Gympie but was becoming “frustrated by the fact that his expansion plans are being made very difficult through unrealistic demands from the State Government Department of Main Roads.”
Cr Petersen said the “insular attitude” was a major disincentive.