Tough day for Gympie's planning councillor

PLANNING councillor Ian Petersen was not having a good day last Wednesday (his words).

Development application after development application on the Gympie Regional Council agenda needed Cr Petersen's backing to get through. And in most cases he succeeded.

At one point he asked what was the point of saying the region was open for business if the council made it too difficult and expensive for would-be developers and business owners.

The first application involved a 34-block subdivision at David St in Gympie, where the nearby residents of Skyline Tce had petitioned against the creation of a through road to service the subdivision. Cr Petersen said such a road could create a "race circuit" in the area and urged the council to instead support an amendment to the application so the road would stay a cul-de-sac.

He won that one. And a few others.

Among them was an application for new squash courts at Victory Heights, which Cr Petersen argued should not have to provide more parking or a $200,000 intersection upgrade at the corner of Browns Rd and Gympie Connection Rd.

Then there was a small subdivision at Rocks Rd which council staff were asking for what Cr Petersen described as "gold plated infrastructure", and one at the Monkland which the councillor persuaded his colleagues to support, despite a staff conclusion that the blocks were too small.

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