Wide Bay Burnett regional plan gets an update
THE Wide Bay Burnett regional plan, which covers Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North and South Burnett, Cherbourg and Gympie councils, will be updated for the first time since 2011.
Regional plans are prepared under the Planning Act 2016 as long-term, strategic documents which bring together councils and communities to address matters such as housing supply, economic development and industrial, environmental, transport and infrastructure requirements.
Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the new plan would have a “tailored economic strategy” which aligned land use, infrastructure and industry development, and would address barriers to economic growth.
All regional mayors will be invited to join a planning committee and residents will be encouraged to have their say.
Following changes to Queensland’s planning legislation, this regional plan will, for the first time, integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and tradition.
The new plan will help identify key infrastructure and servicing needs for each council are, manage growth in established regional centres such as Gayndah and protect the natural environment and promote tourism opportunities.
Gympie mayor and chair of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils Mick Curran said the new plan would help foster a “strong and inclusive” region.
“Our region has been advocating for the review of the regional plan and I’m pleased that the review process has now commenced,” he said.
“This is another example of the State Government listening to our community.”