Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

{We're Missing out While Government Catches Up to Growth} {Lucas Says Region Gets Investment }

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

{We're Missing out While Government Catches Up to Growth} {Lucas Says Region Gets Investment }

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Byline: {nikki sorbello} {nikki sorbello}

THE Bundaberg region's population could explode in the next three decades and developers like Vince Brockfield and Austcorp are trying to prepare for the future - only to be stopped in their tracks by the state government and the lack of infrastructure it provides.

With hospitals and schools functioning close to or over capacity, and the area's population set to increase above 130,000 by 2031, the Bligh government seems to be sending a strong message as it stands in the way of housing developments.

"The government is playing catch-up and we are trying to provide for the future," Mr Brockfield said.

"It is an absolute disgrace because they can't provide essential services."

Two Brockfield developments, for Goodwood and The Hummock, were stopped in their tracks by the state government on September 8, after they were approved by council and called in by the Deputy Premier Paul Lucas in April.

"We weren't a high-profile development and they used us as an example to all these regional councils not to go outside the planning scheme," Mr Brockfield said.

"They had the desired effect because the council is too scared to go against the government."

Mr Brockfield's comments came after Bundaberg Regional Council revealed its intention to reject an Austcorp development at Coral Cove for 779 lots because of the issue of need and lack of infrastructure from state government and council.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey accused the state government of not being able to look at the big picture and plan properly for the future.

"We are seeing a state government going into $65 billion of debt," Mr Dempsey said.

"They are broke, they can't think about the big picture, they cannot manage and they are consistent at that."

Mr Dempsey said there were cuts in services and infrastructure happening on a daily basis through regional Queensland.

"EVEN in the current share market crisis, people are crying out for positivity - for a sign of going forward - and we don't see any positivity from this government," he said.

"If a project meets all the environmental standards and ticks all the development requirements, why should it be limited or put back because we haven't received the funding for infrastructure. …

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