Red tape a hurdle to campground
GAYNDAH man Herb Taylor is working out the potential of turning his 0.8ha in town into a camping ground for use by backpackers and others when they visit Gayndah.
But Mr Taylor said there were factors that made this possibility difficult and he hoped to overcome them.
"I have spoken with people around town about this and they agree it will stimulate thought on this matter,” he said.
Mr Taylor said to stimulate economic growth, the region needed no-nonsense, fast-tracked approvals for development and a heavy reduction in the "now high” fees.
"I would like to see another camping ground in town to get people to stay longer.
"A campground in the heart of town would be a great step towards fast-tracking economic development.”
Mr Taylor said he believed more developments like this could help encourage people to stay longer and spend money or for others to invest in the town.
"I just had a short talk to council and they gave me a price on some of the fees,” Mr Taylor said.
"I've noticed declining buildings around town, with council services becoming less while the rates continue to go up.”
Mr Taylor cited the workshop in Mt Perry as an example of slow-moving approvals.
"Some applications, like the one for the Mt Perry workshop, took a long time to get done for something pretty basic and the fees were really over the top,” Mr Taylor said.
"We have so much to offer with our great natural resources that we can turn things around. We need a good, stable area that will provide more jobs and we must work towards that.
"I hope to work with the council to make it happen - so long as there isn't a long wait. I believe fast-tracking more economic development could encourage people to stay longer and invest.”