Wednesday, 3 October 2007

FNQ 2025 Regional Plan



Far North Queensland is the State's fastest growing region outside the South East corner with between 3,500 and 4,500 new residents
moving here annually.

A statutory regional plan is being developed to manage this population growth and protect our unique environmental features, well someone has to if this Council carries on the way it is.

The FNQ 2025 Statutory Regional Plan will:

• manage urban growth in FNQ over the next 20 years;
• integrate State and local government planning;
• protect unique regional features;
• identify adequate infrastructure to support demand to 2025; and
• provide an Urban Footprint for the region that:
- identifies areas for urban development; and
- controls inappropriate development outside these identified urban areas.

To have your say, fill in the online survey (Word doc) by the end of the month.

If you prefer, there are other ways you can call these folk on 1300 721 194 or email. Alternatively, post your comments to:

FNQ2025 Regional Plan
PO Box 5194
Cairns QLD 4870

Here's some background reading...

1 comment:

Sid Walker said...

Michael,

You wrote:

A statutory regional plan is being developed to manage this population growth and protect our unique environmental features, well someone has to if this Council carries on the way it is.

Two points.

First, to State the obvious, this issue goes beyond the issue of Cairns management or mismanagement. It's a regional issue.

A major transfer of power is underway. By next year, the future development of FNQ could be set. The intention is to enshrine the Plan in State law. FNQ residents will be thenceforth be yet further removed from planning our own future. Our ability to lobby for change will be more indirect.

Second, a transfer of power to the State could be benign, if the State's own policies are benign.

Does the Bligh Government have a clue, for example, about designing for long-term environmental sustainability? We'll have to wait and see. The Beattie Government didn't.

Ultimately I don't care which level of government holds effective power, as long as it uses it wisely.

There no indication that any level of government in FNQ has any detectable wisdom. Correction. The Douglas Shire, under Mike Berwick's leadership showed wisdom, from time to time.

We all know its fate.