The Government has released the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP) for consultation. The hard copy is available from my office by phoning 1800 813 960 or available online at the ShapingSEQ website shapingseq.com.au.
The aim of the SEQRP is to plan growth while balancing interests such as housing, agriculture, industry and the environment. Dozens of local residents have contacted me concerned that the plan does not allow new rural lots smaller than 100 hectares, essentially ‘locking up’ any parcel of land smaller than 200 hectares.
I know of a number of farmers who had intended to build a home to retire on part of the property, while selling the remainder to their children for farming – unfortunately (depending on the property’s size) this is not possible under the current plan.
While nobody wants to see wholesale carving up of agricultural land, this blanket prohibition on subdivision is depriving rural landholders of an opportunity to stay on their property while passing on the farm to the next generation and is extremely unfair. Make your opinion known by making a submission by midnight on March 3, 2017. Submissions can be made either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan Review Feedback, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, PO Box 15009, City East QLD 4000.
With children recently returning to school I remind drivers to slow down and be vigilant in school zones. The standard operating times for most school zones in Queensland is 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm. Children can be hard to see and may not be concentrating around their friends, so it is important we take extra care at these times.
My office can help in procuring Queensland flags, letters of congratulations for significant birthdays and anniversaries and letters of support for community groups seeking grant funding. Contact 1800 813 960 for assistance.
- Jon Krause, Beaudesert MP