Labor's Council Attack on Newman but Then Silence

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Labor's Council Attack on Newman but Then Silence


LABOR has attacked the Newman Government for trampling all over councils and not listening to community concerns.

But Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk was silent yesterday when questioned about her assessment of past Labor governments dealings with Sunshine Coast Council that saw it lose control over planning for Caloundra South.

The Newman Government has thwarted Sunshine Coast Council's bid to exclude from its planning scheme a 1400ha land parcel south of Caloundra South which the previous Labor Government had insisted be included in the 2009 review of the SEQ Regional Plan against council's wishes.

The matter will now be determined by another review before the end of this year.

An Opposition spokesman said yesterday that Shadow Planning Minister Tim Mulherin was keen to meet Mayor Mark Jamieson and other stakeholders to hear their concerns.

"Labor has always advocated the importance of the inter-urban break south of Caloundra as integral to maintaining the Sunshine Coast as a community in its own right,'' the spokesman said.

But direct questions put to Ms Palaszczuk went unanswered.

The following sought an unequivocal statement of Labor's position: "Would the Opposition in government commit to allowing the Sunshine Coast Council to remove Halls Creek from planning documents where it is listed as an investigation area for urban development? …

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