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Cr Terry Fleischfresser - Planning Portfolio Report - 14 June 2017

Coopers Gap Wind Farm

AGL, the proponent for the wind farm, received a development permit from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 24 May 2017 from the Queensland Government to build up to 115 turbines for the Coopers Gap Wind Farm. The permit is subject to a number of conditions requiring management and monitoring plans for noise, road impacts, vegetation management, fauna and flora, construction environmental management. Further development permits for Operational Works and Building Works are required before construction can commence.

Planning Reform

The current Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will be replaced by the Planning Act 2016 on 3 July 2017. In preparation for the commencement of the new legislation Council received a $40 000 grant from the State Government.  The grant will be used to pay for the cost involved in amending Council’s Tech1 application processing system to comply with the requirements of the new Act. Council has also engaged a planning consultant to prepare guidance material including notice templates and checklist for use by the public and staff to navigate the new Act. The grant will also cover the cost for the consultants work.

Significant Development Applications

There are currently a number of significant development applications subject to consideration by Council.  The applications include proposed extractive industries in the rural area, a proposed 80 lot rural residential subdivision to the south west of Nanango, relocatable home park for 51 retirement dwellings at Buckingham Street, Kingaroy, peanut seed processing plant to the north of Kingaroy and a significant piggery expansion at Windera.  While it is difficult to estimate an accurate value for these projects there is the potential for further employment generation in the region. Together with the current rebuilding of the Swickers Bacon Factory the estimated value of these projects could be conservatively estimated at over $20M.


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