Queensland Government seeks feedback for Moranbah and Blackwater UDAs

THE Queensland Government has called for community feedback on the proposed development schemes for the Moranbah and Blackwater Urban Development Areas (UDAs).

The proposed development schemes were released today by Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe, who encouraged residents to come forward and have their say on the draft plans.

"Community consultation is essential to guiding plans for generating additional housing in Moranbah and Blackwater, which have both suffered housing stress as a result of the resources boom," he said.

Mr Hinchliffe said the new residential developments will provide a range of housing types and choices and generate long-term employment through retail and commercial precincts.

The Moranbah UDA Proposed Development Scheme provides detail on plans for a new south-west growth area and the Blackwater UDA Proposed Development Scheme outlines a vision for a renewed retail and commercial area.

The Moranbah UDA and Blackwater UDA were declared on 30 July 2010. Development will occur in phases over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Moranbah UDA is 1220 hectares and includes large areas of vacant land as well as parts of the golf course and areas of residential and industrial land.

The Blackwater UDA covers the entire town north of the Capricorn Highway incorporating 1800 homes as well as a range of commercial and industrial facilities.

The UDAs were established with the purpose of providing more affordable housing, by bringing land to the market quickly and delivering a diversity of housing types.

More information about the proposed development schemes is available from the Urban Land Development Authority website at <http://www.ulda.qld.gov.au>.

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