Coastal plan fears es­ca­late

Res­i­dents in­creas­ingly sus­pect of Isaac scheme

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - MADURA MCCOR­MACK Madura.McCor­mack@dai­ly­mer­

Un­rest amongst res­i­dents im­pacted by the Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil’s pro­posed over­haul of its plan­ning scheme is grow­ing, with dozens pack­ing out the Il­bil­bie Town Hall on the week­end fear­ing the fu­ture of their coastal land­hold­ings.

More than a hun­dred res­i­dents of a 400 me­tre coastal strip at Carmila, and a 4km stretch in Clairview could be re­zoned ‘lim­ited de­vel­op­ment’ in the coun­cil’s new scheme, which has been de­signed to com­ply with a new por­tion of the State Plan­ning Pol­icy.

The SPP is the pre-em­i­nent doc­u­ment for de­cid­ing what can be built where in Queens­land.

A key theme of the SPP is to make com­mu­ni­ties re­silient against nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and haz­ards brought on by cli­mate change.

Karen Hin­dle, who owns land in Carmila, said the domino ef­fect of the zon­ing is “very con­cern­ing”.

“If you start de­valu­ing land and putting re­stric­tions on what they build and where they can build, that means no­body wants to come here,” she said. “If we don’t have peo­ple liv­ing in our smaller com­mu­ni­ties, it’s go­ing to die.

“We’re go­ing to start los­ing ser­vices, los­ing schools, be­cause who wants to come and live if you can’t build?’

Di­rec­tor of Mackay com­pany De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tions and Ap­provals Justin Peel said if he owned land af­fected by the new scheme, he would def­i­nitely be in that room.

“I think the peo­ple that are go­ing to be af­fected by that need to un­der­stand what the im­pli­ca­tions are,” he said.

“And that prior to it be­ing im­ple­mented in a plan­ning, that other av­enues for ad­dress­ing risk of haz­ards should be in­ves­ti­gated be­fore.

“Be­cause it will have a pretty sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on peo­ple de­vel­op­ing the land in the fu­ture and also their prop­erty values.”

Bill Frier, owner of the Bar­raCrab caravan park in Clairview, said not enough work has been done on the im­pact of the new zon­ing by both lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

“One thing that im­pacts any­thing more that any­thing is that the flood and in­un­da­tion map­ping that they have is not cor­rect. It’s a blan­ket (map) that’s been thrown over the area. Fu­ture long-term ram­i­fi­ca­tions are mas­sive when you are look­ing at re­de­vel­op­ing a house, re­de­vel­op­ing any­thing, or do­ing busi­ness,” he said.

“Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil, if they im­ple­ment the same as [Isaac coun­cil] do here, the city heart would be gone, South Mackay would be gone, East Mackay would be gone.”

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said the coun­cil had been work­ing with the State Gov­ern­ment to clar­ify is­sues raised by ratepay­ers and is un­der­tak­ing its own re­search and gath­er­ing lo­calised data.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate there is a feel­ing in the com­mu­nity that the map­ping de­vel­oped by the State does not re­flect their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence or his­toric un­der­stand­ing of the haz­ards cre­ated by flood­ing, ti­dal surges and other nat­u­ral events,” she said.

“The out­come of this body of work may ul­ti­mately en­dorse or con­tra­dict the ex­ist­ing hazard map­ping of the State. Un­til this lo­cal map­ping is com­pleted and val­i­dated, the ex­ist­ing map­ping of the State will ap­ply. “State Plan­ning Pol­icy and, by ex­ten­sion, Coun­cil’s plan­ning scheme is in­tended to help to guide de­vel­op­ment over the com­ing decades.”

Two com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions are sched­uled in Carmila and Clairvew for Wed­nes­day.

Photo: Madura McCor­mack

CON­CERNED: Stephen An­drew and Justin Peel ad­dress­ing res­i­dents at a com­mu­nity meet­ing in Il­bil­bie, held to dis­cuss the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil's new plan­ning scheme.

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