Company forfeits $71,000 in fees
A ROCKHAMPTON company is today counting the cost of allowing a planning application to lapse.
Toll Holdings, which has a major transport interchange operation at Port Curtis, has lost about $71,000 in fees paid to Rockhampton Regional Council.
Councillors held a special meeting to discuss what to do after the company’s material change of use application for the site lapsed on technicality.
Mayor Brad Carter explained officers went to considerable lengths to advise Toll Holdings that the application could not be considered until it paid a $500 agency fee to the council.
“The company decided not to pay the fee and so the application lapsed.”
At their meeting councillors unanimously voted not to reimburse the company the $71,000 it had already paid.
If Toll decides to resubmit its application it will have to pay all the fees again.
The company yesterday told The Morning Bulletin it did not wish to comment on the decision at this time.
But Cr Carter said councillors had carefully considered all the issues.
“We are required to comply with the law. Toll will need to lodge a new application and submit a set of fees or take the matter to the Planning and Environment Court.”
He said the council believed a material change of use application was the best way to resolve a long-running dispute with neighbouring properties about the scale of Toll’s depot and the hours of operation.
Former rail worker Ian Whitehead has campaigned for years for the council to impose restrictions on vehicle movements outside the hours detailed in the company’s original planning permission.