Development incentives changes

The Bundaberg Regional Council today made further commitments to supporting the development industry to stimulate development and provide employment and economic growth for our region.

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Some ideas for a new council

A successful region needs a high-performing local government. The development industry, in particular, depends very heavily on the culture, strategies, policies, and practices of local government. It is simply not possible for the private sector to deliver new housing, industrial or commercial projects without a facilitative Council.

Here are seven, hopefully constructive, suggestions for our new council.

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Bundaberg Region's new Planning Scheme released

The Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 commenced on Monday 19 October 2015.  It presents many new opportunities for developers and land owners. The Scheme focuses on reducing the levels of assessment on some developments, while tightening up the provisions around flood hazard mitigation.  Some of the key changes are -
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New Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution 2015

In conjunction with the release of the new Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015, Council resolved to adopt a new Infrastructure Charges resolution.
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Helicopter application withdrawn

After months of asking for explanations from Council, it was clear that there was strong pressure to make a decision. The problem was that the planning department had not fully investigated or reported fairly on the application. Despite repeated attempts officers were still unable to explain their recommendations. We do not like publicly brawling with the Council or its officers but we have had little choice but to explain our actions. The following is the text from our letter of withdrawal.

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Helicopter landing - What is all the fuss about?

Bundaberg Regional Council is assessing one of our applications that has attracted considerable media attention. It is a development application for a material change of use for a helicopter landing facility at Woongarra Scenic Drive, Bargara.
Our professional view is that the Council officers' recommended reasons for refusal are erroneous or exaggerated and do not constitute anywhere near an adequate basis for a refusal.
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Bundaberg Planning Scheme submissions

Bundaberg Regional Council has provided its formal responses to the 314 submissions it received during the public notification of the proposed new planning scheme late in 2014. Council letters arrived in the mail today. Each submission, including the more than 30 that InsiteSJC made on behalf of clients, has been considered and responded to in detail.

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NBN Backhaul charges

Some clients are currently asking whether it would be in their interests to try and have their master plans submitted and approved prior to 30 June 2015. They are concerned that there could be serious negative implications for recent proposed changes to the way that the NBN would be rolled out for new developments.

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Coral Gardens - seventh and final stage complete

We have recently completed the surveying for Stage 7 of Coral Gardens Estate. Stage 7 sees the completion of this residential estate and the release of the final 23 lots. The completed Estate consists of 131 lots.

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North Burnett Scheme commences

It takes years to research, develop policy, draft, negotiate, obtain approval and publish a planning scheme. Well, finally our work with North Burnett Regional Council will start to 'bear fruit' with the new North Burnett Regional Planning Scheme commencing on 3 November 2014.

The scheme is available from North Burnett Regional Council at

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Release of draft Bundaberg Planning Scheme

What should we expect from the new planning scheme... areas for urban expansion? more rural residential? some industry and commercial projects no longer needing approvals. Yes, and much more!
There will be many new opportunities but the scheme, in the new State-mandated format, will be very different than the current four schemes it will replace.

Bundaberg Regional Council's consultation period is from Monday 22 September until 28 November 2014.

Phone now on 07 4151-6677 for a free preliminary phone consultation to find out how we can help you.

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1 Sept 2014 Infrastructure charges discount deadline

Time is running out to meet the 1 September 2014 deadline

On 13 August 2013 Bundaberg Regional Council launched its 'Bundaberg Open for Development' package of incentives designed to stimulate development activity, economic growth and employment. A key incentive is the discounting of the adopted infrastructure charges or conditioned contributions.
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