Lansdown public consultation extended by three weeks

Date published: 22 November 2019

Townsville City Council will extend the deadline for public submissions on the proposed planning scheme amendment to create the Lansdown Industrial Precinct by three weeks, Mayor Jenny Hill announced today.

The Mayor said council was committed to consulting with the community in good faith and wanted to ensure nearby residents had the time to consider all the facts and make up their own minds.

“Council recently called for feedback on a proposal to amend its planning scheme to create the Lansdown Industrial Precinct as an environmentally sustainable advanced manufacturing, processing and technology estate,” Cr Hill said.

“Following some initial feedback from the community, council has decided an extension for feedback on this proposal to 20 December will give the community more time to read through the planning reports, understand what it means for them and form their own opinions.”

Cr Hill said that council had also made a range of reports and documents related to the proposed changes to the planning scheme available to the community.

“The Lansdown site has been identified for future industrial development for more than 20 years,” the Mayor said.

“This is the next step in a series of moves toward developing this area.

“The Federal Government has endorsed industrial development of the site through City Deals, the State Government has endorsed it through its North Queensland Regional Plan and now we have been given ministerial direction to take this next step.”

Cr Hill said council wanted to attract best-practice, low-emission, energy-efficient ecologically sensitive industrial development to this site.

“Attracting these types of development also means jobs,” she said.

“Already we have support from DriveIt and Imperium3, with Edify Energy on board to power the area from its Majors Creek Solar Farm.

“This has the potential for exciting development but is one that the Woodstock residents need time to consider and make their minds up about which is why we are extending the consultation period.”

“Council will also hold information sessions on 30 November and 7 December at Woodstock to allow members of the public to ask additional questions of council staff.”