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  • UDIA (Qld) instrumental in Sewerage Regulation Reviews

    The UDIA (Qld) Mackay Whitsunday Branch has been closely involved in the review of a number of new guidelines regarding sewerage infrastructure.

    We are happy to announce that there have been some positive changes which will reduce unnecessary cost impacts to new developments. 

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  • Tax reform will deliver affordable housing

    Last week the ALP and LNP both promised no new taxes and both made statements that suggest that there would be no overall increase in the general tax burden in Queensland. The LNP also promised to continue to raise the payroll tax free threshold to $1.4m over the next three years (up from $1.1m).

    The Institute agrees that an overall increase in the tax burden in Queensland is not the answer.

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  • Koala referral guidelines adopted

    The Federal Government has released finalised referral guidelines to assist the industry when developing land in regions with Koala populations. These materials, including guidelines, maps and factsheets, support the decision to list the Koala as 'Vulnerable' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in 2012.

    The guidelines, maps and fact sheets provide much needed guidance and have a significant impact on numerous projects and potential development sites across Queensland.

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  • Election Campaign Update

    In the first eight days of the campaign there have been a handful of announcements of particular interest to the property development industry.

    In launching the election campaign, Premier Newman confirmed that if re-elected an LNP government would continue to focus on the property and construction industry as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy. The Institute welcomes confirmation that our industry would remain a focus for a re-elected LNP Government.

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  • Mackay Regional Council decision to boost local economic development

    The Mackay Regional Council has signed up to the State Government’s Priority Development Infrastructure (PDI) Co-Investment Program to facilitate infrastructure and boost economic development and housing affordability in Mackay.

    The UDIA (Qld) Mackay Whitsunday Branch has been advocating for the Mackay Regional Council to sign up to this program and is delighted that Council shares our view that this program will deliver significant benefits to the local community.

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  • Priority Development Infrastructure Co-Investment Program Update

    Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has provided UDIA (Qld)’s policy committees with an update on the new Priority Development Infrastructure (PDI) Co-Investment Program.

    The PDI program is an initiative resulting from the Infrastructure Charges Review which has been designed to facilitate infrastructure that will enable significant economic development.

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