Caloundra South development scheme approved

THE Queensland Government last week announced its approval of the development scheme for the Caloundra South Urban Development Area on the Sunshine Coast, paving the way for Stockland's most significant residential project it has ever undertaken.

Over the next 20 years, it is expected that Caloundra South will become home to approximately 50,000 people and include a town centre, retirement villages and education and business opportunities.

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New call-in laws for Queensland

TARGETED consultation prior to making a decision to call-in a development will become compulsory under amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act introduced into Queensland Parliament.

Local Government Minister Paul Lucas, who introduced the bill on Tuesday, said the amendments were necessary following the Landel decision in 2009.

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Work begins on Townsville's $118m port upgrade

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh last week turned the first sod on the multi-million upgrade of Townsville Port, which includes a new passenger terminal.

It is hoped that construction of the new passenger terminal will lure cruise ships to the city, while Berth 10 will be rebuilt and lengthened to accommodate Australia's new warships.

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New regional plan for Wide Bay Burnett region

A NEW long-term regional plan with statutory powers to ensure sustainable growth has been released for the Wide Bay Burnett region, Acting Minister for Local Government and Planning Annastacia Palaszczuk announced yesterday.

The Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan and Wide Bay Burnett State Planning Regulatory Provisions 2011 replace the Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan and the Draft Wide Bay Burnett State Planning Provisions 2010.

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Queensland Biodiversity Offset policy released

DEVELOPERS will have to offset damage to the natural environment caused by infrastructure, mining and petroleum and gas projects under a new policy released last week by the Queensland Government.

The Biodiversity Offset Policy aims to increase the long-term protection and viability of the state's biodiversity where residual impacts from a development, on an area possessing State significant biodiversity values, cannot be avoided.

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UDA at Tannum Sands to provide up to 1500 dwellings

IN an effort to address the demand for housing supply and to keep up with population growth, the Queensland Government announced last Friday that it has declared a second Urban Development Area (UDA) for the Gladstone region at Tannum Sands.

The UDA for the 150 hectare site at Tannum Sands will allow for around 1,500 dwellings or approximately 3,000 people. It will be developed as an extension to the existing Tannum Sands township.

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New floodplain mapping and guideline for Queensland

QUEENSLAND Premier and Reconstruction Minister Anna Bligh today announced that the largest floodplain mapping initiative in the state's history is underway and released a draft floodplains guideline.

The draft 'Planning for stronger, more resilient floodplains' guideline aims to provide councils with a toolkit to help assess future development applications and the opportunity to better align floodplain management and land use planning.

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Plans unveiled for $2.9bn transformation of Brisbane Showgrounds

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh yesterday launched a $2.9 billion plan to transform Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds, the biggest urban renewal project undertaken in the city in more than two decades.

Ms Bligh was joined by RNA Chief Executive Jonathan Tunny and Lend Lease Head of Development David Rolls to announce the design of "Showground Hill', the residential, commercial and retail component of the overall project.

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Approval for Bellvista II in Caloundra South UDA

QUEENSLAND's Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) has approved two development applications at Bellvista II as part of the Caloundra South Urban Development Area (UDA).

Making the announcement yesterday, Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said Bellvista II would bring more housing supply to the Sunshine Coast's tight property market.

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Second stage of Eastern Busway opens in Brisbane

THE second stage of Brisbane's Eastern Busway project opened this week, with the government saying the project will vastly improve transport services to and from the east side of Brisbane.

The $465 million second stage of the project comprises a 1.05 kilometre bus-only corridor connecting Buranda to Main Avenue, Coorparoo and features two new busway stations at Stones Corner and Langlands Park.

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Queensland's Major Projects Office opens

THE Queensland Government's Major Project Office (MPO), which will streamline eligible medium to large-scale development projects, opened for business today,

Applications to the office will be accepted from today, allowing developers of major projects in Queensland to access the services of the MPO, such as a single point of contact and whole-of-government assessment.

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Queensland Government responds to flood inquiry interim report

THE Queensland Government this week released its response to the Floods Commission of Inquiry Interim Report, with Premier Anna Bligh saying she was determined to ensure all possible measures were in place before the next storm season.

Tabling the government's response in State Parliament, Ms Bligh also reaffirmed the government's commitment to ensuring that the state is built back, stronger than ever before following January's devastating natural disasters.

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Queensland Government restricts mining in urban areas

NO mining exploration will be allowed in and around urban areas of Queensland, including regional centres such as Ipswich, Toowoomba, Beaudesert, Rockhampton, Mackay and St George after a new policy was considered by Queensland Cabinet.

Premier Anna Bligh said an exploration Restricted Area would be declared over land bound by the South East Queensland Regional Plan as well as other regional centres and towns with a population of 1,000 or more.

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