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Residents reject draft plan

ABANDONED: Toorbul Progress Association secretary Brian Wallace speaks at the packed Toorbul Hall.
ABANDONED: Toorbul Progress Association secretary Brian Wallace speaks at the packed Toorbul Hall. Dominic Geiger

ABOUT 200 residents were urged to put all 12 Moreton Bay councillors and the mayor "out to pasture" during a fiery meeting held at Toorbul Hall last week.

The event, organised by the Moreton Bay Communities Alliance, was held on August 18 in opposition to the council's second draft planning scheme.

Addressing the crowd, Toorbul Association secretary Brian Wallace said coastal villages in the northern section of Moreton Bay would be "abandoned" if the State Government signed off on the document.

"They have approved what I would class as a plan which has trashed our communities," Mr Wallace said.

"We have to be aware of the tragedy that will happen if this is allowed to go through.

"It's... saying we're going to have limited development, we're going to have limited council expenditure."

The group's main concern was a small section within the mammoth document which stated: "The coastal villages are exposed to existing and future coastal hazard events including storm tide and erosion events which are projected to increase into the future. Therefore, limited development and limited investment in infrastructure is anticipated in these areas."

Planning and Development spokesman Cr Mick Gillam has previously said the draft planning scheme proposed limited development in coastal villages including Toorbul, Donnybrook and Beachmere to help maintain their village character, lifestyle and sense of place.

"Limited investment in infrastructure doesn't mean infrastructure won't be built and maintained to help mitigate coastal hazards," he said.

A council spokesman said planning staff had worked closely with Alliance members to help them achieve a greater understanding of the new draft planning scheme.

The public submission period for the draft plan ended on Friday.

Topics:  draft planning scheme, moreton bay regional council


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