Im­ple­men­ta­tion and out­comes key to suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

POS­I­TIVE de­vel­op­ment of a longne­glected but strate­gic part of Townsville can be achieved through the dec­la­ra­tion of a Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area in the CBD, prop­erty in­dus­try leader John Carey says.

How­ever, it was not so much the plan­ning in­stru­ment that was im­por­tant but the way in which it was im­ple­mented and the out­comes it pro­vided, he said.

Mr Carey, the chair of the Townsville com­mit­tee of the Prop- erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, was com­ment­ing on the re­lease of the draft de­vel­op­ment scheme by the State Govern­ment, Townsville City Coun­cil and Port of Townsville.

The draft scheme, now out for pub­lic com­ment, cov­ers 97ha of land on the south­ern side of Ross Creek from the rail­way sta­tion to the port. PDAs, de­clared un­der an act of Par­lia­ment, al­low for the uses of sites to be iden­ti­fied and their ap­proval fast- tracked, avoid­ing many of the risks as­so­ci­ated with prop­erty de­vel­op­ment.

“The PDA is an im­por­tant plan- ning string in the bow but it is the man­ner in which it is im­ple­mented and driven which is of most im­por­tance,” Mr Carey said.

“It needs to be championed and it needs to be given pri­or­ity.”

The prop­erty coun­cil hosted Red­lands City Mayor Karen Wil­liams at an event in Townsville last month where Cr Wil­liams pro­vided an over­view of Red­land’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the Toon­dah Har­bour and Weinam Creek PDAs.

Mr Carey said the ex­am­ples at Red­lands high­lighted the im­por­tance of good com­mu­nity con­sul- tation to get the de­tails right. “They did a lengthy com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process,” Mr Carey said.

“It was a mat­ter of find­ing out ex­actly what the com­mu­nity wanted and say­ing to a de­vel­oper this is what you have to do. It’s so easy it just might work.”

Mr Carey said land on the south­ern side of Ross Creek was a long- ne­glected area of Townsville but it was also strate­gic given its lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to the city cen­tre.

“Declar­ing a PDA is a good step, they are a pow­er­ful plan­ning in­stru­ment,” Mr Carey said.

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