What the SDA means for us

Bundy set to be­come eco­nomic hot spot

NewsMail - - NEWS - JIM ALOUAT JOUR­NAL­IST jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

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.

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