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Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme gets the green light

19 August 2016

After receiving a tick of approval from the State Government, Council at their Ordinary Meeting held on Wednesday 17 August unanimously adopted the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme (WDPS) and the Western Downs Regional Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP), giving the go ahead for its release to the community providing an opportunity for you to have your say.

  • Permission was granted by the State Government to commence with formal public notification of the WDPS and LGIP on 10 August 2016;
  • At its meeting, Council adopted the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme and the Western Downs Regional Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan for purpose of Public Notification as required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA);
  • The public notification of the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme and the Western Downs Regional Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan will commence from Monday 22 August 2016 and will close on Friday 7 October 2016;
  • During the public notification period, Council will host information sessions around the region which will provide the community with an opportunity to find out further information;
  • During the public notification period, submissions can be lodged with Council on any aspect of the scheme. For more information on how to lodge a ‘properly made submission’ see Council’s website.
  • A copy of the scheme and LGIP is available on Council’s website along with additional information, factsheets and guidelines for making a submission. A copy of the scheme and LGIP is also available for viewing and purchase at Council’s Customer Contact Centre, and viewing at the Chinchilla, Dalby and Meandarra Libraries, Moonie RTC and Bell Bunya Community Centre.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said that this was a significant milestone for Council and an extremely exciting time for the growth and liveability of the Western Downs.

“Our region is extremely unique and diverse. We needed a tool that would enable and attract investment whilst protecting our assets and retaining the modern country living of our communities,” he said.

“The Western Downs Planning Scheme has been prepared and amended to reflect the specific needs of areas right across the region, and will replace the six pre-amalgamation planning schemes currently in place.

“I strongly encourage you to attend a community workshop, consultation session or head over to our website to educate yourself on how the new scheme affects you and your community. Having your say will ensure that this scheme lays the foundation for the sustainability of our region, where we can continue to work, live and play.”

For more information or to register for a community workshop, visit Council’s website www.wdrc.qld.gov.au, phone Council on 1300 COUNCIL or email strategic.planning@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Western Downs Regional Council Mayor | 0408 700 392