Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Planners in the Spotlight

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Planners in the Spotlight

Article excerpt

THE plan that sparked an LNP challenge for the safe state seat of Gympie was back in the spotlight on Saturday.

Officers from the Queensland Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning met Rainbow Beach residents to answer questions about the controversial Draft Master Plan for the Inskip Peninsula.

About 30 people gathered in the coastal community's main street at 10am to meet planning services director Mark Saunders and principal planner Bill MacFarlane.

Member for Gympie David Gibson and new independent candidate for the same seat Scott Elms, along with Inskip Point activist Reg Lawler, were amongst the crowd.

Mr Lawler said there were many questions asked of the government employees and they had promised to return to Rainbow Beach after considering initial submissions from residents.

The opponent of the failed Rainbow Shores Stage 2 proposal said he had initially been concerned that the master planning process was a front for giving Rainbow Shores a commercial advantage when their lease expires in November this year. …

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