Paving the Way to Future Development

Goondiwindi Regional Council has adopted its new planning scheme at a Special Meeting this week, replacing the three existing planning schemes for the former Goondiwindi Town, Waggamba Shire and Inglewood Shire Councils.

town planningAll new development applications lodged with Council will now be assessed under the new scheme from today,15 March 2018.

Mayor Graeme Scheu, says an important part of the development of the new planning scheme has been the interaction, and public and targeted consultation.

‘We’ve also seen the introduction of natural hazard overlay mapping, identifying physical constraints, natural hazards and other features that need to be considered as part of the development assessment process.”

The Mayor says the Region has some unique aspects that must be factored into any plan.

“The Goondiwindi region spans more than 19,000 square kilometres, with a population of around 11,100 residents and boasts thriving rural industries value-adding to rural production, established transport corridors and successful rural tourism.”

“It is exciting to have adopted the new scheme which will guide economic development and jobs, while managing the availability of water resources and the protection of heritage values and it is imperative it is renewed and kept up to date at all times.”

The planning approach is also welcomed by Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick.

“This scheme will help the Goondiwindi region expand its traditional economic sectors as well as grow new ones and allow it to tap into the opportunities on offer through its proximity to the Wellcamp Airport, and potentially the Inland Rail route.”

“It’s vital all councils across the state have in place robust, clear, concise and straightforward planning instruments that set the scene for each council’s economic development and community aspirations.”

The new planning scheme will take effect from Thursday 15 March 2018 and can be viewed online at www.grc.qld.gov.au.