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Emotions run high after vote of no confidence

A meeting of residents from Beachmere and surrounding areas after Member for Pumicestone Lisa France was given a No Confidence Vote by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Member for Pumicestone Lisa France listens as councillor Peter Flannery has his turn at speaking. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
A meeting of residents from Beachmere and surrounding areas after Member for Pumicestone Lisa France was given a No Confidence Vote by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Member for Pumicestone Lisa France listens as councillor Peter Flannery has his turn at speaking. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

RESIDENTS in Beachmere have vented their fury over the regional planning scheme and Moreton Bay Region councillors' vote of no confidence in Member for Pumicestone Lisa France.

The motion chastised the MP for "ongoing dissemination, via various media and social avenues, of what the Council considers to be incorrect or misleading information around Council's proposed planning scheme".

It came in response to Mrs France's community statement accusing the council and the Labor party of using residents' homes as political footballs.

Both Member for Pumicestone Lisa France and Division 2 councillor Peter Flannery fronted a crowd of about 100 at Beachmere Village Shopping Centre on Friday.

Residents cheered the MP and shouted down the councillor, calling for resignations and a vote of no confidence against the council.

Mrs France announced the State Government had released the flood hazard maps MBRC was directed to base its plan on when Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney ordered the council to ignore any "theoretical projected sea level rise due to climate change" in the scheme.

"For me, personally, I think we do need to be moving forward with this plan," she said.

A meeting of residents from Beachmere and surrounding areas after Member for Pumicestone Lisa France was given a No Confidence Vote by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
A meeting of residents from Beachmere and surrounding areas after Member for Pumicestone Lisa France was given a No Confidence Vote by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

Cr Flannery admitted the limited development zones that caused an uproar in the draft plan were a "significant error" and accepted criticism for a lack of consultation when the draft was released in July.

After the meeting he stood by the council's vote of no confidence but said "things probably could have been done a different way".

"It probably would have been better if Lisa came and talked to us before she put this media release out," Cr Flannery said.

"I suppose two wrongs don't make a right."

Both politicians pledged to work together on the plan in the future.

Councillors are still waiting on a State Government law change before releasing the plan.

Division 12 councillor Adrian Raedel also spoke to residents.

The Moreton Bay Communities Alliance has called for the council to release the number of properties affected by storm-tide inundation.

On Sunday, another newspaper reported development restrictions in the draft plan would have impacted a property owned by Mrs France's father, Barry.   

Mrs France first became aware of the plan when she heard her husband and father, both real estate agents, discussing its impact on property values.   

But she said neither she nor her parents knew the land would have been affected.  

"Mum and Dad did check (how the draft plan would impact their properties) and they didn't see any impact at all," she said.  

Topics:  moreton bay regional council, moreton bay regional council planning scheme


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