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SPRP was written by planners for planners?

Last Updated on 30 April 2017

SEQ Regional Plan – jargon, omissions and bias

There is a need for a return to regional plans that are understood by the community, have a realistic chance of being implemented and hopefully that the community will hold in high regard.

Is there bias of the regulatory provisions?

The focus of the Shaping SEQ seems to be locked in on facilitating urban development through the next fifty years. Despite lip service to other uses the plan does little to ensure that the other uses will be sustained in the face of pressure for urban activity. For example the draft plan notes that “there are a number of areas that have been in the Urban Footprint for some time but have not yet been developed. One way that we could help get things moving is to investigate these areas further, and provide some rules in the state planning regulatory provisions that will allow these areas to be developed sooner“.

The heavily loaded question is then followed with a simplistic “what do you think?”

Make this article your submission

The SPRP is a legal minefield, especially for non planners but clearly the community can ask that the provisions be improved and made legible. The SPRP usually escapes scrutiny from the community although it is carefully scrutinised (rightly) by the stakeholders reliant of legal provisions especially the land development industry.

If you have additional comments or disagree with the suggestion outlined, it is suggested your own comments be added. But let the Government know that there are problems with the SPRP and how these critical provisions are introduced through the Regional Plan.

To raise the level of community concern about the implementation of ShapingSEQ it is suggested this article be sent either:

  1. as an email hyper link using the email “logo” at the top of the page to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. copy the text of this article into a standalone email and send to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Many thanks to the community REDLANDS2030 for their informative articles on the draft SEQRP especially this one used and linked here.  http://redlands2030.net/seq-plan-jargon-omissions-bias/


Scorecard of the Four Major Parties

Last Updated on 30 September 2012

scorecard thumbnail Queensland's environment organisations have compiled and released an election scorecard for the four main parties contesting the Queensland State Election.

Whilst the Labor party is assessed as having better policies than the LNP on the protection of the environment, both major parties disappoint on two key matters concerning the State's sustainable future. The Green Party came out on top whilst Bob Katter's Australian Party scored better on mining but failed on most other counts.

Both major parties at this election are failing to meet their obligations on the regulation of mining and coal seam gas. The fate of Queensland hinges on this key issue. How do you run a resource economy without threatening agriculture, groundwater, local communities and essential environments such as the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area?

As a response to a GETUP petition, Anna Bligh today has just responded to 3876 emails from Queensland GetUp members, sent yesterday, with a new policy to protect the Bimblebox nature refuge and others like it from mining. In her letter to GetUp members, she wrote: "I can now confirm that Labor's policy would have the effect of ruling out mining in areas like the Bimblebox nature refuge."

What are your values for a sustainable future for Queensland? Make your vote count on election day. Having a say through the democratic election process is an essential part of being a responsible citizen. 


20-year transport vision unveiled for south-east Queensland

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

connecting-seq2031The Queensland Government's Connecting SEQ 2031 transport plan unveils a sustainable transport vision for the next 20 years - according to Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace.

This draft document which informed the PARK RIDGE CONNECTOR CORRIDOR Community Stakeholders Reference Group discussions was annouced as policy just before 'whole' community consulation began on the PARK RIDGE CONNECTOR CORRIDOR.

Clearly this proposed new motorway extending south the Gateway Motorway and join the Logan Motorway - both toll roads - the proposed motorway will be a tollroad.

To download a copy of Connecting SEQ 2031, visit the project website at www.connectingseq.qld.gov.au

Connecting SEQ 2031 has established targets for Logan City Council local government area that aim to:

• increase the public transport share of trips from 5.5% in 2006 to 10% in 2031

• increase the share of walking trips from 8.1% in 2006 to 10% in 2031

• increase the share of cycling trips from 0.6% in 2006 to 7% to 2031

• decrease the share of trips by private vehicles from 85.8% to 73%.


The Western Corridor: Leading the Way in Planning for Population Growth?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Satellite cities and master planned communities can't be just residential developments with a few shops. They need to have fully functioning CBDs, and governments need to commit to providing schools and health facilities years before these cities reach full capacity. They also need to be fully self-sufficient and bring together the very best in business, information and communication technology, education, health, retail and entertainment as well as residential.

Greater Springfield is well on its way to becoming a city of the future which is focused on the integrated master planning principle of living, working, playing and learning in one healthy, sustainable community. Master planned communities need robust public transport, roads, health and education facilities, sewerage, stormwater management and open space systems. But they will also be characterised by the quality, accessibility, reliability and security of their technology platform.

Read the article online in the August edition of the Brisbane Institute.

Raynuha Sinnathamby Deputy Managing Director of Springfield Land Corporation authored this article. Whatever happens there must be alternatives to more roads and more cars. In the areas proposed for development there is currently no public transport and state government has not really been listening. Rail in 2026 is not helpful for current residents and any who come early to the proproposed satellite cities.


Sunday Community Cabinet forum 29 November 2009

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

On Sunday 29 November, the community forum will be held at the Forest Lake State High School, High Street, Forest Lake.Bligh_group_table

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The program includes informal and formal deputations, where individuals and organisations can discuss issues directly with Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Directors-General. Deputations are limited to 15 minutes.

Sunday community forum program:

1-1.30pm                    Registration. Information and advice on government services available. Refreshments provided.
1.30- 2.30pm             Community forum. Includes a question and answer session.
2.30-3.30pm     Informal deputations. No booking is required.
3.30-5pm                   Formal deputations. A booking is required.

See the Pemier's website for more information http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/community/2009/forest_lake_ipswich.aspx

Unfortunately deputation request applications were due 12 noon Wednesday, 18 November 2009. However you lose nothing by trying.

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Environment, conservation, or environmental sustainability do not appear to have been discussed in past published documents - except for energy matters.

Member for Ipswich - Rachel Nolan MP and Minister for Transport should be present.



Sustainable Planning Act 2009 - Queensland

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) ( 2.6 MB) was passed by Parliament on 16 September 2009. Queensland government anticipates that the Act will come into effect in late 2009.  This Act implements a number of the reform actions in Planning for a Prosperous Queensland - A reform agenda for planning and development in the Smart State ( 970 KB).
Transitioning from the Integrated Planning Act to the Sustainable Planning Act
The transitional provisions have been designed to minimise disruption and to ensure that all processes commenced under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) can be completed under the IPA.
Read a short summary of the changes ( 98 KB). This change has been made to reflect a stronger focus on achieving ecological sustainability. The process for asking a local government to apply a superseded planning scheme has been simplified. Also, the timeframe for making an application under a superseded planning scheme has been reduced from 2 years to 1 year. This change is intended to give the new planning instrument, which reflects current planning standards, its full effect more quickly. It also means
that compensation is limited to those persons with an immediate intention to realise their development rights.
The process for making or amending a local planning instrument has been moved from the Act to a statutory guideline. This will enable more flexibility to ensure that planmaking
is continuously improved and reflects current drafting standards.
The Minister's powers to direct local governments to make or amend a local planning instrument have been expanded to enable the Minister:
? to direct a local government to amend a local planning instrument to make it consistent with the standard planning scheme provisions
? to make or amend a local planning instrument where urgent action is necessary to protect or give effect to a state interest, without first giving a direction to the local government
?to amend a local planning instrument, or multiple local planning instruments, to reflect the standard planning scheme provisions without first giving a direction to the local government.
Further information is available at http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/planning-reform/index.php

Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) will be replaced by the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).

The government claims it will "Focus on sustainable outcomes"
The new legislation requires a shift away from focusing on planning processes to the delivery of sustainable outcomes  - encouraging active community participation in the planning and development assessment system.

It remains for the community to be active in all available processes and ensuring all levels of government hear what it is that the community wants. Development for profit without protecting biodiversity ecosytems and all extant endemic species is not sustainability - ecologically sustainable development must begin NOW!


Traveston Dam gets approval - government spin

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

no-dam_logoCourier Mail reported 12 September 2009

Queensland Co-Ordinator General Colin Jensen has signed off on the Traveston Dam project - with a host of new environmental conditions, including more protection for endangered fish, frogs and turtles in the Mary River.

Work will start at the site near Gympie by early next year if federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett gives his approval. Bruce Highway upgrades will also begin with the work.

But anti-dam campaigners will be angered by the latest developments and are likely to step up their legal action. They have vowed to fight the case to the High Court if it is necessary.


South East Queensland Regional Plan released

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the associated regulatory provisions were released on Tuesday 28 July 2009. This plan supersedes the previous South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026 and follows an extensive review and consultation process. There is a swarm of articles, media releases etc as a range of groups  read and digest the documents.

The plan is available for reading and download from this Department of Infrastructure and Planning website.

If you are concerned about what is planned to happen in SEQ as far as population growth, housing and future developments - whether the iconic and vulnerable koala and its essential habitat is protected, these documents are essential reading.

Watch this space for more information.

Redands and Sunshine Coast councils have posted their submissions to draft SEQRP - Logan will do so soon and the links for all will be posted here. Scenic Rim submission link will be included when available also. 


Mt Lindesay Highway upgrade continues - have your say

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koalasign_akfA letter from John Mickel, State Member For Logan,to residents around Chambers Flat Road and  Crowson Lane intersection with Mt Lindesay Highway advises us of the status of this major road infrastructure.

The letter states

Stage 3 of the Mt Lindesay Highway upgrade will be completed this year.

The service roads linking Granger Road and Stoney Camp Road are already completed as are the roads on either side of Munruben Forest and Munruben Woods. A bikeway on Munruben Forest side of Mt Lindesay Highway is also being completed.

I have approached Main Roads and the local police to ensure uniformity of the speed limit between Chambers Flat and the Maclean bridge. This has been done and the speed limit is now set at 90 kph.

The next phase of safety improvement is being planned for.

I have had discussions with Main Roads for an overpass similar in design to the Granger Road/Stoney Camp Road overpass to be built at Chambers Flat Road and  Crowson Lane.

Main Roads are holding a public display on Thursday 2nd July from 5.00pm to 8:30 pm and on Saturday, 4th July from 8.30 am to 12 noon at .the Park Ridge. Shopping Centre, Park Ridge.


Changes to Queensland Government March 2009

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Ms Bligh said the reformed government would see 13 new departments lead by the government's 18 Ministers grouped under six clusters - Policy and Fiscal Coordination, Employment and Economic Development, Environment and Sustainable Resource Management, Social Development, Law, Justice and Safety and Government Services.

queensland20government20logo20260x182.jpgSummary of changes to Queensland government following March 2009 re-electionis available in this document.   summary_of_changes_qld_govt_2009.pdf 50.06 Kb 05/04/2009, 22:50

The names of ministers and their portfolio/s are summarised in this document from propertyoz.com.au here.   queensland_government_ministry_march_2009.pdf 231.72 Kb 05/04/2009, 22:57


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