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Wide Bay Burnett has a regional plan, why is it being reviewed?
The existing WBB Regional Plan was released in 2011.
The shift in the economic and environmental context of the region requires the
regional plan to be updated to reflect contemporary factors, opportunities and
challenges. The plan will also respond to projected population increase.
The current Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan will
be reviewed and an updated draft plan will be prepared over the next six to
nine months. Once prepared, the new draft plan will be released for public
consultation to enable the community, business and industry to have their say.
All comments and feedback will be considered, and a final Wide Bay Burnett
Regional Plan will be released.
What are regional plans and what do they aim to achieve?
In Queensland, regional plans are generally
longer term (20-25 years) statutory strategic planning documents that deal with
an entire region, rather than just one local government area. Regional planning
allows the state and local governments to identify and facilitate opportunities
for employment and population changes while enhancing the places and lifestyle
residents love about their region.
How will the regional plan support jobs and grow the economy?
The WBB region is home to nearly 300,000 people
and is expected to grow in the future. The regional plan is a high-level
strategic document that identifies key industry growth areas and supports
investment in the development of emerging industries, while also supporting the
continued growth of the region’s traditional industries. This regional plan
will also have an enhanced focus on economic development, which translates to
supporting jobs and growing the economy.
What will the review of the WBB Regional Plan seek to address?
With more people choosing to live, work and play
in the region, we need to ensure the region grows in a sustainable way –
socially, environmentally and economically. The review of the regional plan
provides an opportunity to respond to new and emerging issues and opportunities
and develop a blueprint to manage future growth and ensure availability of the
right land in the right locations to support future jobs, housing and
How does the regional plan protect the environment?
A regional plan seeks to ensure places with high
biodiversity value and ecological processes are appropriately protected. This
is done by mapping the regional biodiversity network for councils to consider
when preparing their planning schemes. The plan also nominates strategic
environmental areas, within which certain large development types, such as
mining and broadacre cropping, must demonstrate they will not jeopardise
ecological integrity or cause widespread irreversible impacts.