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Council will work with the State Government and two experienced members of the Bowen community to review the current Temporary Local Planning Instrument 02/2013 Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation (TLPI).
Furthermore, Council resolved that meetings with Council, State Government and the yet to beappointed Bowen community members occur within two weeks.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council also resolved to receive the report on the TLPI whichacknowledges the extensive work Council has conducted in conjunction with the StateGovernment over a period of more than seven years on the Bowen flooding and storm tide issue.
“The Bowen flood study and associated mapping was carried out in 2010 by Cardno (Qld) Pty Ltd. Cardno are a leading and reputable engineering company, who have a long history of investigating flooding in the Bowen and Don River regions.” Mayor Whitney said.
“Since August 2012 there have been eight Council resolutions and five briefing sessionsdeveloping the work around the TLPI.
“Council has worked closely with the State Government throughout this time to implement the TLPI in accordance with their reforms to their planning practices particularly in relation to planning for more resilient floodplains.
“This included the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney specifically approving the TLPI and stating that itmeets the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
“These actions are consistent with the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiryrecommendations, which followed the summer of natural disasters across Queensland in 2010-11.
“Because of these recommendations numerous local government areas adopted planninginstruments to regulate the impact of flooding and storm tide.
“The TLPI has been applied to the Bowen area as the current Bowen Shire Planning Scheme2006 does not incorporate a specific code to regulate the impact of flooding and storm tide ondevelopment, this code needs to be included to comply with State Government legislative andregulatory requirements.
“The Whitsunday Shire Planning Scheme 2009, which covers the southern part of the localgovernment area, incorporates a specific code to regulate the impact of flooding and storm tide on development, so did not require a TLPI.
“The new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme for the whole local government area is currently being developed, the State Government have advised that these codes will need to be incorporated in the new planning scheme also.
“To repeal a TLPI the State Government requires a mechanism to be in place which adequatelymitigates flood and coastal hazards in accordance with the relevant State Planning Policy.
“Similarly, in the absence of suitably qualified, cogent expert evidence supporting adoption of sea level rise factor lower than 0.8m by 2100, adoption of a lower level would not be prudent, and would significantly increase exposure of Council to liability,” she said.
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