Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

MPs Gagged on Growth; Bligh Uses Numbers to Shut Down Debate on Population

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

MPs Gagged on Growth; Bligh Uses Numbers to Shut Down Debate on Population

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

AN assault on the South-East Queensland Regional Plan by Sunshine Coast MPs was cut short in Parliament when the government used its numbers to kill off debate on Thursday night.

The planning scheme, which caters for a 75% growth in the Sunshine Coast's population within 20 years, requires the council to make provision for 98,000 additional dwellings in that time, 61,500 in green field areas and 31,500 within existing urban communities.

The region's State LNP representatives expressed outrage at the government's failure to listen to feedback from existing residents concerned about the impact on the environment and the need to have infrastructure keep pace with growth.

Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe told the House that from 2006 to 2031, an additional 754,000 dwellings would be required to cater for the expected population growth in South-East Queensland.

But he claimed the number was not a number set by government but aan estimated projection which we need to prepare for''. …

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