Coastal plan fears escalate
Residents increasingly suspect of Isaac scheme
Unrest amongst residents impacted by the Isaac Regional Council’s proposed overhaul of its planning scheme is growing, with dozens packing out the Ilbilbie Town Hall on the weekend fearing the future of their coastal landholdings.
More than a hundred residents of a 400 metre coastal strip at Carmila, and a 4km stretch in Clairview could be rezoned ‘limited development’ in the council’s new scheme, which has been designed to comply with a new portion of the State Planning Policy.
The SPP is the pre-eminent document for deciding what can be built where in Queensland.
A key theme of the SPP is to make communities resilient against natural disasters and hazards brought on by climate change.
Karen Hindle, who owns land in Carmila, said the domino effect of the zoning is “very concerning”.
“If you start devaluing land and putting restrictions on what they build and where they can build, that means nobody wants to come here,” she said. “If we don’t have people living in our smaller communities, it’s going to die.
“We’re going to start losing services, losing schools, because who wants to come and live if you can’t build?’
Director of Mackay company Development Applications and Approvals Justin Peel said if he owned land affected by the new scheme, he would definitely be in that room.
“I think the people that are going to be affected by that need to understand what the implications are,” he said.
“And that prior to it being implemented in a planning, that other avenues for addressing risk of hazards should be investigated before.
“Because it will have a pretty significant impact on people developing the land in the future and also their property values.”
Bill Frier, owner of the BarraCrab caravan park in Clairview, said not enough work has been done on the impact of the new zoning by both levels of government.
“One thing that impacts anything more that anything is that the flood and inundation mapping that they have is not correct. It’s a blanket (map) that’s been thrown over the area. Future long-term ramifications are massive when you are looking at redeveloping a house, redeveloping anything, or doing business,” he said.
“Mackay Regional Council, if they implement the same as [Isaac council] do here, the city heart would be gone, South Mackay would be gone, East Mackay would be gone.”
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said the council had been working with the State Government to clarify issues raised by ratepayers and is undertaking its own research and gathering localised data.
“We appreciate there is a feeling in the community that the mapping developed by the State does not reflect their personal experience or historic understanding of the hazards created by flooding, tidal surges and other natural events,” she said.
“The outcome of this body of work may ultimately endorse or contradict the existing hazard mapping of the State. Until this local mapping is completed and validated, the existing mapping of the State will apply. “State Planning Policy and, by extension, Council’s planning scheme is intended to help to guide development over the coming decades.”
Two community consultations are scheduled in Carmila and Clairvew for Wednesday.
CONCERNED: Stephen Andrew and Justin Peel addressing residents at a community meeting in Ilbilbie, held to discuss the ramifications of the Isaac Regional Council's new planning scheme.