State Government approves draft regional planning scheme
BUNDABERG Regional Council will soon be calling on the community to have a say on its draft regional planning scheme following the State Government's approval of the document.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the council had a focus on community consultation for the scheme to ensure every resident across the region had an opportunity for input.
"A planning scheme is an important document that affects every aspect of life including where we work, live and play," Cr Forman said.
"I would encourage all of the region's residents to engage with council during its community consultation process."
He said the new scheme was needed to portray a unified vision of the Bundaberg Regional Council area.
"The scheme will effectively replace the four individual schemes of the amalgamated Councils of Bundaberg, Burnett, Isis and Kolan.
"Working with four schemes has posed significant problems and the need for consistency and a unified approach to regional planning is identified in the new draft document."
Planning and Development portfolio spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the new scheme would provide improved economic activity, population growth and enhance the lifestyle the region enjoys.
"The new scheme is intended to be a living document that can be reviewed and updated as trends and circumstances arise," Cr Sommerfeld said.
"It is based on the framework contained in the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan that was adopted in 2011 and will cater for a population increase of 50,000 in the Bundaberg Regional Council area by 2031."