Doubts ex­pressed

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

TWO items of in­ter­est caught my at­ten­tion in a re­cent edi­tion of the “Whit­sun­day Times”.

Both items con­cern our Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

The first was the pro­posal to re­visit Coun­cils Struc­ture Plan to look at build­ing height lim­its, etc. which at first glance would seem a sen­si­ble thing to do.

On the other hand could it be a case of get­ting “a foot in the door” in relation to build­ing heights.

Hav­ing spo­ken to many vis­i­tors and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity there is no doubt the last thing they want to see for Air­lie Beach is any­thing re­sem­bling the Gold Coast or Hamil­ton Is­land tow­ers.

If the ques­tion was asked “Who would be the ben­e­fi­cia­ries from height lim­its be­ing in­creased?” The ob­vi­ous an­swer would be “prop­erty de­vel­op­ers from the sale of high rise units and WRC be­cause of the in­creased rates rev­enue” which then begs the ques­tion can our Coun­cil be trusted to come up with out­comes re­flect­ing the wishes of the com­mu­nity?

In that re­gard it is true to say there is some doubt, which leads me on to my sec­ond item of in­ter­est.

In the prop­erty sec­tion there is a sub­di­vi­sion of land shown ex­tend­ing north­ward from Hid­den Court. The plan cre­ates five lots of var­i­ous sizes and var­i­ous parcels of land which can only be de­scribed as of most un­usual shape.

Throw in the fact that there are no roads or streets and the rea­son for the doubts ex­pressed in the last para­graph be­come ev­i­dent.

No doubt Coun­cil has a plan­ning depart­ment whose role is to in­form Coun­cil on de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

How the plan of sub­di­vi­sion de­picted met Coun­cil and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act guide­lines is puzzling to say the least and con­firms the doubts ex­pressed ear­lier on Coun­cil’s abil­ity to act in the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity and its ratepay­ers. Ron Spence GROVEDALE, VIC

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