Carter puts councils case to Infrastructure Minister
Carter puts councils case to Infrastructure Minister

Iconic Places puts dollars at risk

ICONIC Places legislation, which protects the Capricorn Coast from inappropriate development, is placing millions of dollars of investment at risk.

That’s what Mayor Brad Carter told Queensland’s Infrastructure Minister Sterling Hinchliffe on Wednesday.

Cr Carter is hopeful the controversial legislation will be binned after an official review in March.

“There is too much at stake,” he said yesterday.

“When I made the case to the Minister I was able to use real examples from big project developers who are considering pulling out of the region,” he said.

Although he would not reveal which projects were at risk, The Morning Bulletin understands one of them is a major apartment building in the centre of Yeppoon. Big tourism infrastructure developments are also understood to be in jeopardy.

“The Minister gave us a good hearing and listened as I explained the potential consequences of allowing the Iconic Places Panel to continue to make rulings.

“There is a body of evidence that a number of projects would be withdrawn by investors and developers and we discussed specific examples,” he said.

Yesterday a spokesman for Mr Hinchliffe confirmed there would be a review in March and feedback from councils and communities would play an important part in that review.

The Mayor raised his objections to the panel last month after it rejected a new industrial estate in Emu Park which had previously been approved by the council. Initially he said he hoped to persuade the Minister to overturn that decision, but yesterday he said he now accepted that the Manns Road development would not go ahead.

“The applicant has an option to appeal against the panel’s ruling, but the council will not join that appeal if it is made,” he said.

“We are inviting panel members to work with the Strategic Planning Committee to try to get the best workable situation that minimises impact on investor confidence at the coast,” he said.

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