Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IN THIS edi­tion one year ago to­day, the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity was vent­ing anger at Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s draft plan­ning scheme.

The pro­posed scheme in­cluded a plan to lift build­ing height re­stric­tions to four, eight and 12 storeys around Air­lie Beach with opin­ion split on whether it would ruin Air­lie’s vil­lage-style feel or be a nec­es­sary step to en­sure the growth of the town.

As a re­sult of the public re­sponse, coun­cil ex­tended the sub­mis­sion pe­riod by two weeks with a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers un­happy over a per­ceived lack of con­sul­ta­tion.

The ex­ten­sion was an­nounced af­ter a com­mu­nity meet­ing at the Whit­sun­day PCYC with vo­cal op­po­si­tion to the plan.

“So they want to turn this into the Gold Coast?” said one at­tendee, voic­ing the opin­ion of many.

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