Category Archive: Planning and Development

A sad day for Ella Bay – inappropriate development receives State approval

Cairns: Tuesday 20th November 2012 Today after many years of opposition from concerned community members and groups, the Premier Campbell Newman has announced the approval of a highly inappropriate development for Ella Bay, north of Innisfail. This development is to be located on a 450-hectare former cattle station nestled between World Heritage-listed national park and …

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Take action – Protect the Places You Love

The government is planning to hand over environmental approval powers to the states through COAG, thereby weakening our environmental law reforms, and threatening unique Australian ecosystems and species. This would mean project approvals could occur without federal oversight. Unfortunately, the states can’t be trusted to look after the environment. State governments have a track record …

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Airport Land Use Plan Update:5 November 2012

On 14th September 2012 the final version of the mangrove-threatening Cairns Airport Land Use Plan was submitted to Hon Jeff Seeney, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. Rob Williams from the Barron Delta Mangrove Protection Campaign asked the Airport Administration if a copy of this final plan is available to the public but was …

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Cairns Regional Council – 31 Oct 2012 Meeting

NORTH QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS CAIRNS AIRPORT LAND USE PLAN http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/63969/31oct12_ordinary_cl15.pdf

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Boat Bay Debacle

There is a proposal to build a marina, in beautiful Boat Bay at Mission Beach. It will irrevocable change this environment, as excavation of 14 hectares of mangroves is required, to build an ‘all-states-of-the-tide’ boating facility. Background Boat Bay is located on the northern side of the headland of Clump Point, at the northern end …

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Protect the Laws

In mid-August CAFNEC and other peak environment groups launched a campaign calling on the Prime Minister to abandon a plan to weaken Australia’s system of environmental laws. The plan, driven by demands from the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and state governments to fast track development approvals, would effectively mean project approval could occur without federal oversight. As CAFNEC supporters would be …

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Wayne Swan forces adhoc development in the GBRWHA – Pre-empts proper assessment process

MEDIA RELEASE – Monday 9th July 2012 Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc. and Cassowary Coast Alliance On the dubious basis that “Mr Katter insists there is no safe harbour for boaties between Cairns and Townsville”, Wayne Swan has apparently bypassed all state and commonwealth legal, planning and approval processes. He has given away $5.5m of …

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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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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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