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Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council finalised the members of the Industry Reference Group(IRG), which will advise Council on current and ongoing work associated with the preparation ofthe new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the establishment of the IRG is a significant step towards Counciladopting a more consultative approach to local town planning.
“The IRG is made up of a good cross section of key local industries including building,development, tourism, agriculture, mining and professional services from across the entireWhitsunday region,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Council will be able to draw on the knowledge and experience of representatives on the IRG from the local building, construction and business industries,” she said.
Members of the Industry Reference Group:
• Trevor Anderson – Crusader Investments• Jeff Aquilina – AT Hotel Group/WMD• Jimmy Duncan – WSG/UDIA Mackay Whitsunday Branch• Brian Forrester – Vision Surveys (QLD) Pty Ltd• John Franklin – Reef Catchments• Malcolm Hull – Master Builders• Mark Kierpal – DTS• Gordon Little – Bowen Outdoors/Bowen Business Chamber• Anthony Moscato – Whitsunday Ratepayers Association• Michael Porter – Canegrowers Proserpine• Sean Sandford – Smec Urban• Ian Shield – Shield Constructions
“As a technical reference group the IRG will be asked to review and provide input on specificplanning scheme drafting matters and draft material including but not limited to; strategicframework, zones, overlays and associated codes,” she said.
“As part of participating in the IRG, Council will look to its members to participate in regularmeetings and provide ongoing input into the review of draft policy material associated with the new planning scheme.
“The IRG will not replace any form of general community consultation intended to be carried out for the new planning scheme.
“Rather, is seeking early input from key industry stakeholders prior to completing a draft planning scheme.
“Full community consultation will still be carried out on the new draft planning scheme in the2014/2015 financial year,” she said.
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