What the SDA means for us
Bundy set to become economic hot spot
THE state’s independent Co-ordinator-General has released the draft development scheme for a 6000ha parcel of land adjacent to the Port of Bundaberg for public comment.
It’s the next step to turn the port into an industrial powerhouse and Bundaberg into an economic growth hotspot.
The SDA includes land on the southern side of the Burnett River as well as a massive tract of agricultural land on the river’s northern side.
What is an SDA?
State Development Areas (SDAs) are clearly defined areas of land established by the state’s independent Coordinator-General to promote economic development in Queensland.
The declaration allows the state’s Co-ordinator-General to provide business with a one-stop shop to cut red tape, speeding up government approvals to fast track development.
SDAs usually take the form of industrial hubs.
Queensland has 10 SDAs, which include industrial areas such as Abbot Point and Gladstone, infrastructure corridors including Callide and the Galilee Basin and major public utility sites such as the Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
The Co-ordinator-General is responsible for the planning, establishment and ongoing management of SDAs.
What is a development scheme?
Each SDA is subject to a development scheme.
This is a governing document that controls planning and development in an SDA.
It does many things including providing guidance to developers, local government, state agencies and the wider community about the type and form of development that can happen; ensures development avoids, mitigates or offsets impacts on the environment, cultural heritage and the broader community; and, identifies the vision and overall objectives of the SDA.
Bundaberg SDA and its development scheme
The Bundaberg SDA declared in February 2017, is about 6076ha in size, and is next to the Port of Bundaberg.
It has existing industries within it including Knauf – a plasterboard manufacturer, the gas pipeline and marine service industries.
The vision for the Bundaberg SDA is to:
■ Identify assessment criteria to ensure development follows best practice methods, and impacts are avoided or mitigated;
■ Provide a streamlined development assessment framework for new development proposals in the SDA;
■ Set a strategic vision to encourage the establishment of industrial and port related development of regional, state or national significance;
■ Establish overall objectives for development within the SDA to ensure a balanced approach to development;
■ Identify development precincts and the preferred development intent within these precincts.
Bundaberg’s SDA has been divided into five precincts:
■ Environmental management precinct, which is intended to recognise and protect significant cultural heritage, community and environmental values. It will provide opportunities for the enhancement and management of the coastal wetlands, fauna habitat and vegetation within the Bundaberg SDA.
■ Industry investigation precinct, which could provide land for major industrial development in the long term
■ Infrastructure corridors and support industry precinct, which is intended to provide for linear infrastructure and industry to support the port.
■ Port-related industry precinct, to accommodate industries and facilities reliant on access to the port
■ Rural uses precinct, to accommodate existing agricultural and rural activities.
What happens now?
The Co-ordinator-General is inviting submissions from the public and industry on the scheme.
Submissions will be accepted till October 9.
To make a submission, visit haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au.
HOT SPOT: Land adjacent to the Port will be put to use.