Dedication ceremony at Memorial Park for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women
I think most people know the Gympie region is growing. The rate that it is growing is quite surprising. A recent article in The Gympie Times stated that the Southside area is growing faster than any capital city in Australia. This is great for the region but it also creates problems.
One major problem is every urban block requires reticulated water, which hasn’t been a problem in past years, but is quickly looming as demand grows. Yes, we have Borumba Dam in our backyard, but the water allocations from this reservoir are controlled by SEQ water and the Gympie region is allocated a quota which will need close management to supply all users. Recent talk of raising the wall would be very good for Gympie.
Our smaller regional townships are also facing water problems with the prevalence of the drier seasons we are experiencing in the last few years. Amamoor and Kandanga are supplied by the respective creeks which are far from reliable as of late. Kilkivan is solely bore water with these supplies needing good rain to recharge the aquifers, and Goomeri is on reservoir water with bore back-up.
Yes, we have had some decent falls of rain in the last few months, but it didn’t amount to any large run-off events. We are really in a green drought with a lot of our rural landholders having very low water storage for their livestock.
How do we manage this problem? Always practice water conservation, and take notice and abide by any water restrictions enforced by council. People may think there is no problem; council however, through monitoring water levels in all reservoirs, will know better and will at times impose restrictions to ensure water is available to all residents and shortages are kept to a minimum.
Long-term we need a higher allocation for the region and this will hopefully be gained by raising the level of Borumba Dam and finding more sustainable sources for our regional towns.
I ask again all residents, please at all times practice water conservation measures.
Cr Hilary Smerdon
Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 Amendment Package 2
Notice is given under the Planning Act 2016, that on 24 February 2021 Gympie Regional Council adopted Amendment Package 2 to the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013. The purpose and general effect of the major, minor and administrative amendments in Amendment Package 2 is to address a wide range of matters including zoning anomalies and resolving priority operational issues to ensure improved clarity and ease of interpretation, including: -
- Updating various Planning Scheme map sets to incorporate new State government data (e.g. Bushfire Hazard);
- Zoning amendments, including removing the Local Development Area (LDA) boundary for the Victory Heights LDA;
- Amendments to the Infrastructure and Operational Works and the Reconfiguring a Lot Codes;
- Amendments to Planning Scheme Policy 1: Development Standards, including: -
- the detail required for stormwater, earthworks, access, roads, retaining walls, intersections, infrastructure design life, demonstrating minimised maintenance and potential of failure, design standards, and SPP changes, uncompleted works bonds no longer accepted, incorporated Inspection and Test Plan and standard Council forms, Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Council’s (WBBROC) Design and Construct standards reference added and updated list of standard drawings (via web link),
- deemed to comply table added in for detention basins, and
- Table SC6.11 in PSP 1 amended to include minimum flood levels previously contained in tables at the end of each zone code.
- New operational works triggers in the Tables of Assessment;
- The introduction of new Home-Based Business and Advertising Devices Codes
- Relocation of certain sections and provisions from zone codes to consolidated codes (to avoid duplication);
- Requirements for private and communal open space for Dual Occupancies;
- Amendments to car parking rates to address anomalies for particular uses;
- General improvements focusing on improving the clarity of Council’s policy intent (e.g. redrafting provisions with clearer language and intent);
- Removal of sections in Planning Scheme Policy 1: Development standards and in the Local Government Infrastructure Plan that refer to water and sewer requirements and replace them with references to the WBBROC Design and Construct Codes (where relevant).
The commencement date for Amendment Package 2 is 15 March 2021, having effect from this date to form a new version, Version 3.0, of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013. The Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 v3.0 will be available for inspection and purchase at Council’s Planning and Development Directorate located at 29 Channon Street, Gympie during normal office hours.
Copies are available on Council’s website from the date of publication of this notice.