Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Minister: 'No State Interest'; No Deal on Request for Application Intervention

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Minister: 'No State Interest'; No Deal on Request for Application Intervention

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Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

Waste 'call-in' confusion

There has been some confusion regarding 'call in' requests on Ipswich dump applications. The council has NOT requested the Minister 'call in' the BMI application which the council is yet to make a decision on. This has been confirmed by the council and the State Government.

THE State Government has decided not to intervene in the Ipswich waste proposal at Swanbank.

Planning Minister Cameron Dick has announced his office will not "call in" the application for an expansion at the Bio-Recycle facility, as requested by Ipswich City Council.

The proposed development did not meet the guidelines for a call-in, the Minister said.

To call in an application means the Minister would decide on whether the development application would be approved.

The application, separate to the BMI "super dump" proposal for New Chum, was rejected by the council in January.

Bio-Recycle has since lodged an appeal in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court, challenging the council's decision.

Early last month, the council asked the State Government to call in the application but Minister Dick said that action was not justified.

"I am advised there are no state interests that are affected by the development application for the expansion of the Swanbank waste facility, and accordingly there are no grounds to warrant a ministerial call in," Mr Dick said.

"Ministerial call-ins are governed by law and can only be acted upon when defined state interests are impacted.

"State interests can include impacts on state-controlled roads, significant environmental issues and other matters defined in the State Planning Policy 2017.

"My decision does not mean the development will proceed - council's refusal of the application stands, unless overturned by the Planning and Environment Court.

"Even if I had called in this development application, I would be bound by law to consider the same matters as the Planning and Environment Court. …

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