Ratepayer takes swipe at council
WHILE the launch of council’s Community Plan takes place today, one resident has been scratching his head over the reason behind it.
The Stanthorpe ratepayer, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Daily News he didn’t see any difference between the Community Plan and the Southern Downs Planning Scheme, which is in its final stages of being approved.
“It’s ridiculous we had this Planning (Scheme) with Jeanette Davis and to my knowledge nothing ever came of it,” he said.
“I put in a submission and haven’t heard anything since. I really do wonder what it was for – the money was wasted.
“Now we’re having what appears to be the same thing.”
A spokeswoman for Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) said the Planning Scheme and the new Community Plan were two different, yet important, plans.
“The Southern Downs development scheme has been worked on for three years and amalgamates the two former town plans. It also deals with only land and development,” she said.
“The Community Plan sits above that and encompasses everything – from the planning side to the health side; it’s really a vision for the region for 2030 and all other plans will dove-tail under that.
“We really want to encourage everyone to submit their thoughts on both plans.”
Community consultations for the Community Plan will be held today at Stanthorpe’s Civic Centre from 2pm to 3pm, and Warwick Town Hall from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Residents can also have their say on the Planning Scheme by meeting one-on-one with planning officers in August and September, or by submitting written thoughts to council offices.