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Council to reward good development with new fee refund program

21 June 2016

Western Downs means business was the message from Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Cr Smith promoting Council's pro-development stance at the recently completed civil works at the development along the Warrego Highway, Dalby.

Western Downs means business was the message from Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Cr Smith promoting Council’s pro-development stance at the recently completed civil works at the development along the Warrego Highway, Dalby.

From 1 July, developers who tick all the right boxes will receive a 40% refund on planning application fees from Council.

  • Council adopted the new incentive to reward good development applications by refunding application fees by 40% at its recent 2016/17 Budget meeting;
  • The fee refund program illustrates one way Council is encouraging positive investment that enhances the liveability and economic strength in our region;
  • Developers will need to tick all the right boxes to receive the 40% refund, but this potentially saves thousands of dollars;
  • The refund program is part of Council’s refreshed approach to reduce red tape by helping developers fast-track their applications.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said by being able to offer the generous refund and fast-track applications, Council is pursuing increased investment in the Western Downs.

“With the Western Downs well-located to take advantage of major road, rail and airport infrastructure, Council’s new development incentives are an added bonus attracting industries to set up shop in our region,” he said.

Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Councillor Andrew Smith said that while the Regional Planning Scheme is on its way, now is the right time to give development a boost in the right direction.

“Supporting economic growth, but encouraging the right development in the right areas, is key to the future sustainability of our region. That’s why Council has introduced the fee refund program to reward good development by refunding application fees to eligible developers by 40%,” he said.

“Provided there is a pre-lodgement meeting with Council with an agreed positive outcome, no request for information lodged and no appeal of a Council decision, developers and our communities will reap the benefits. So if you are thinking about developing in the Western Downs, we want to talk with you.

“Western Downs means business and we want to continue to enable the right type of development and investment that adds to the liveability of our economically strong and vibrant region, now and into the future.”

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