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