MEDIA RELEASE 07 August 2012
Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) has made clear and strong responses to an attempt to have a new and different “Port Hinchinbrook Stage II” development proposal accepted as a mere “change” to a Development Application first lodged in 2008.
In 2009, state government departments advised the CCRC that an earlier “changed” version should be refused.
Nevertheless, the CCRC continued to grant the developer extensions of time to the present day, allowing the Application to remain “alive” under old legislation, the Integrated Planning Act. Otherwise, as a new Application, this battle-axe subdivision proposal would have to be assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the FNQ 2009-2031 Regional Plan, which allow no urban development south of the present “Port Hinchinbrook”.
“the proposed development does not reflect any part of the original application
... based on the substantial changes and the totally new land use proposed (Residential Rural), it is considered that the proposed changes represent a completely new Development Application rather than a Change to an Existing Application” (15 June 2012).
“We particularly note that you failed to include the complete paragraph 59 and possibly use it out of context. We set out below extracts which correctly identify the position including our underlining which was not included as part of paragraph 59 in your correspondence. That part underlined obviously cannot give your client comfort...
“We reiterate that based upon the substantial changes and the totally different land uses what is proposed, in our view, constitutes a completely new development application rather than a change to an existing application.”
Ms Moorhouse further noted that “if Williams Corp can offload this block, the company can disappear, leaving PHS block owners to deal with all the liabilities of the construction of the “Port Hinchinbrook” development; and there still won’t be anywhere to dump new dredge spoil”.
The due date for public comments on the Application is 24 August 2012. See CCRC website.
CONTACT: Margaret Moorhouse (Mob) 0427 724 052 email: email@example.com
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