Mayor Brad Carter
Mayor Brad Carter

Plan to scupper industrial estate

AN outraged Brad Carter yesterday vowed to challenge a decision by the Iconic Places Panel to scupper an industrial estate at Emu Park.

The Mayor is seeking an urgent meeting with Queensland Infrastructure and Planning Minister Sterling Hinchliffe for a review of the panel’s authority.

“I am very concerned about the precedent this decision sets for the future of job creation on the Capricorn Coast,” he said yesterday.

And he said if the developer appealed against the panel’s decision it was highly likely the council would join with him.

The panel, one of four in Queensland, appointed to protect the Capricorn Coast from inappropriate development, has over-ruled the council and rejected a scheme for a light industrial business park in Manns Road.

It’s a decision that delighted campaigners who have waged a long battle against the proposal.

One of the leading opponents, Keith Ruskin, said yesterday it was a victory for people power.

“This will delight the majority of Emu Park residents. There was a clear majority of us who did not want this development, but our wishes were ignored from the start.”

Cr Carter was appointed to the panel when it was established this year, but resigned because of a potential conflict of interest.

He said the council’s decision was made after significant discussion with the developer to meet the concerns of residents.

“I feel I have no choice but to raise concerns at the highest levels. We need to understand the basis of the decision and what iconic values have been applied,” he said.

“The land in question is on the edge of Emu Park and is not on the waterfront. The development would not have an adverse effect on the aesthetics of the town.”

The panel gave 11 reasons for refusal.

It says the development would have impacts on the natural environment, there is not sufficient need for industry, and there would be a negative impact on water quality and fish habitat.

We need to understand the basis of the decision and what iconic values have been applied.



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