Queensland Coastal Plan released

A NEW plan that aims to protect vulnerable coastal land from future urban development has been released by the Queensland Government.

The Queensland Coastal Plan, prepared by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), was released last Thursday by Environment and Resource Management Minister Kate Jones, who was joined by Local Government Association of Queensland General Manager Greg Hoffman.

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Draft blueprints released for Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley and Greater Flagstone UDAs

DRAFT planning blueprints for South East Queensland's three new master-planned communities at Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley and Greater Flagstone have been released by the Queensland Government.

The draft plans were released by Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas last week, who was joined by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and local MPs Rachel Nolan and Wayne Wendt.

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Community feedback invited for Caloundra South UDA proposals

THE Queensland Government's Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) last week released the Caloundra South Urban Development Area Proposed Development Scheme and called on the public to provide feedback.

It is anticipated that the Caloundra South development will house up to 50,000 residents with a variety of different housing styles and accommodate up to 15,000 jobs in new neighbourhoods, mixed use centres and industrial areas.

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Property Council says ULDA is good for Queensland

THE Property Council of Australia has expressed concerns over comments made by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman that the powers of the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) would be wound back under a LNP State Government.

The ULDA was set up by the Queensland Government as part of the Queensland Housing Affordability Strategy to plan, manage and coordinate the development of land in designated urban areas.

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New guidelines released for housing and neighbourhood design in SEQ

A NEW handbook for planners, designers and developers in South East Queensland has been developed by Growth Management Queensland, in partnership with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), providing guidelines for housing and neighbourhood design.

The handbook, titled 'Next Generation Planning', aims to help councils accommodate future growth while maintaining character, lifestyle and affordability. It identifies four 'Next Generation Planning' concepts, consisting of Affordable Living, Smart Growth, Form-based Codes and SEQ Place Model.

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Queensland Government fast-tracks Grantham reconstruction

THE flood-affected community of Grantham is set to become the first designated reconstruction area under the new Queensland Reconstruction Authority's powers, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced today.

Ms Bligh said the move would accelerate voluntary relocation and voluntary land-swaps in the affected area, with reconstruction expected to begin in Grantham by mid-year.

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Queensland Government announces plans to protect North Stradbroke Island

ALL mining will end on North Stradbroke Island by 2025, under new plans announced by the Queensland Government to declare eighty per cent of the island as national park by 2026.

Making the announcement this week, Premier Anna Bligh and Environment Minister Kate Jones said it was a huge win for conservation in south east Queensland and for the thousands of annual visitors to the Island.

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Infrastructure Charges Taskforce details ten recommendations to improve housing affordability in Queensland

THE Infrastructure Charges Taskforce, established by the Queensland Government last year in response to the Queensland Growth Management Summit, has released its final report, providing ten recommendations for reform.

The Taskforce was tasked with reviewing the infrastructure charging regime for local infrastructure with a view to streamlining processes, simplifying and standardising charging arrangements where possible.

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Flagstone UDA moves closer to reality

THE Queensland Government has approved the first development application in Flagstone, one of South East Queensland's new communities, allowing for up to 132 new homes (or 126 lots).

Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said the approval of the first lots for the "The Reserve" development at New Beith was the first of two development applications for the entire Greater Flagstone Urban Development Area (UDA).

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Property Council outlines five reforms to rebuild Queensland's property sector

THE Property Council of Australia has called for infrastructure and planning reform and cuts to taxes, fees and charges in order to rebuild Queensland's property sector.

The measures are among five reforms outlined by the Property Council of Australia in its 2011 Advocacy Agenda launched last week.

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Queensland Government releases flood maps

THE Queensland Government last week released aerial maps and imagery that will allow for the creation of an online record illustrating the devastating impacts of the floods and cyclone Yasi that swept through Queensland during summer.

The first series of maps cover over 100 suburbs and towns, with other maps to be released progressively in coming weeks.

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Changes for Queensland planning after Cabinet shake-up

QUEENSLAND'S Department of Infrastructure and Planning no longer exists as an agency and has become the Department of Local Government and Planning (DLGP), following a Cabinet reshuffle by Premier Anna Bligh.

The Department of Local Government and Planning (DLGP) will report to Deputy Premier, Paul Lucas, who will also fulfil the roles of Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State.

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Springfield rail project to be completed sooner and for $171m less

THE Queensland Government this week announced that the Springfield Rail Project, a 9.5 kilometre rail extension from Richlands to Springfield, will cost $171 million less than expected and should be completed in 2013.

Premier Anna Bligh announced that the TrackStar Alliance, which includes Thiess, United Group Infrastructure, Aurecon and AECOM, has been awarded the $475 million Richlands to Springfield section of the project.

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