Category Archive: Regional and Local Planning

Outcomes of election environment survey for FNQ

Outcomes of election environment survey for FNQ shows YOUR VOTE MATTERS! The outcomes of a pre-election survey of local candidates by CAFNEC (the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre) has shown major differences between the candidates and their parties on key environment issues. CAFNEC has summarised these differences in an Environment Report Card. Results showed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2015/01/28/outcomes-election-environment-survey-fnq/

Vote for the Environment – what has happened in the last 3 years?

In the lead up to the 2015 election CAFNEC is encouraging everyone to Vote For The Environment and Vote for the Reef. Queensland Conservation Council and The Cairns And Far North Environment Centre are sharing the following summary of the environmental policies enacted in the last three years of Government. This leaflet is being distributed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2015/01/27/vote-environment-happened-last-3-years/

A change of plan – What’s on the horizon for our coastal areas?

To those of us who aren’t planners or legal specialists, changes to planning legislation can seem pretty dull and incomprehensible, but it’s worth persisting through the pages of confusing terminology, as the implications of these changes can be dramatic. The Newman government recently repealed the Queensland Coastal Plan which governed development and environmental protection in coastal areas, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/12/a-change-of-plan-whats-on-the-horizon-for-our-coastal-areas/

Cairns Regional Council background papers – 31 Oct 2012

Cairns Regional Council will be considering some important decisions at their October meeting. Read these background papers for more information.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/10/30/cairns-regional-council-background-papers_31-oct-2012/

PUBLIC RALLY – Cairns Regional Council:‘BACK TO BASICS’ or BASICALLY BACKWARDS?

8am Wednesday 31 Oct outside Council, Spence St (prior to Council meeting and the re-vote on the Esplanade cycleway) Defend our cycleway Demand environmental protection Demand a Council accountable to all the people – not just developers Our new Council has set out to dismantle cycling facilities, turn the clock back on planning laws, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/10/23/public-rally-cairns-regional-councilback-to-basics-or-basically-backwards/

History of the 2031 Regional Plan

The 2031 Regional Plan (originally named the 2025 Regional Plan) took effect in 2009. For many years prior to this CAFNEC had been advocating for a regional approach to planning that could deliver a sensible and sustainable long term development framework for the region. In 2006 CAFNEC was successful and the QLD State government began …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/25/history-of-the-2031-regional-plan/

Taylor Point spared from development – for now…

Cairns’ iconic coastal headland, Taylor Point, has been spared from development yet again, at least for the time-being. Judge Everson found the proposal was in “significant” and “flagrant” conflict with the Council’s 1996 planning scheme, which was in effect when the development application was lodged in 2004. Judge Everson also concluded that there were insufficient grounds to approve the proposed development notwithstanding these conflicts. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/22/taylor-point-spared-from-development-for-now/