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  • Cairns cited as one of the fastest growing non-capital major cities

    The recently released 2014-15 State of Australian Cities Report highlighted that Cairns, along with Townsville, is one of the two fastest growing non-capital major cities.

    The region added almost 15,000 more people between 2008 and 2013.

    The Federal Government Report also highlighted the critical role of cities in driving the Australian economy, and ensuring Australia’s high quality of life. 

    What else did the Report say about the Cairns region? Read more to find out.

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  • Call for discussion topics at Developer Forum meetings

    The Mackay Whitsundays Branch has made the strategic decision to schedule its Developer Forum meetings with Mackay Regional Council on a bi-monthly basis.

    The meetings are an opportunity to converse with local government leaders on topics which impact the branch’s goals of delivering economic prosperity, jobs, affordable housing and thriving communities.

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  • Interest Ramps Up for Townsville Waterfront PDA

    There has been a surge in media on the proposed Townsville Waterfront Development Planning Development Area this week.

    The Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, travelled to the Townsville to unveil the project on Tuesday July 7, 2015.

    In a media statement to encourage community consultation, Ms Trad said that council forecasts 30,000 people will be living and working in the wider CBD by 2030, and this project will play a major role in this growth.

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  • Nominations for Branch President open on Monday 13 July

    Nominations will open for the position of UDIA (Qld) Mackay Whitsunday Branch President on Monday 13 July 2015.

    The incoming Branch President will hold the role for the balance of the 2015 appointment period, which concludes in April 2016.

    The UDIA (Qld) recognises the role of local branches is critical and individuals who take on leadership positions carry a significant responsibility. In performing their various roles – ranging from policy analysis and government relations to delivering high quality events and communications – the Branch President will be supported by a dedicated regional services team in the State Office. 

    Nomination forms will be emailed to all UDIA (Qld) Mackay Whitsunday members on Monday 13 July 2015. Nominations will need the endorsement of two members of the Mackay Whitsunday Branch.

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  • Shadow Minister Tim Nicholls MP to Speak in Cairns

    UDIA (Qld) Ipswich Branch members are invited to a leadership lunch with the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Small Business, Employment and Trade, Tim Nicholls MP on Thursday 6 August, 2015.

     

    The Shadow Minister introduced a series of Private Member’s Bills into Parliament including the Planning and Development (Planning for Prosperity) Bill 2015, earlier this year. This is an opportunity to hear the Shadow Minister’s perspective on what these Private Member’s Bills might mean for planning reform in Queensland.

     

    This event will also provide the opportunity to hear Mr Nicholl’s views on:

    ·         the State Government’s planning reform direction

    ·         priorities for Queensland infrastructure investment

    ·         the impact of the State Budget in his shadow portfolio.

     

    To register for this event, please click here.

     

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  • Townsville cited as one of the fastest growing cities

    The recently released 2014-15 State of Australian Cities Report highlighted that Townsville, along with Cairns, is one of the two fastest growing non-capital major cities.

    The region added more than 19,500 people between 2008 and 2013.

    The Federal Government Report also highlighted the critical role of cities in driving the Australian economy, and ensuring Australia’s high quality of life. 

    What else did the Report say about the Townsville? Read more to find out.

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  • Which Qld suburban area is growing FAST?

    The recently released 2014-15 State of Australian Cities Report highlighted the outer suburban area of North Lakes-Mango Hill to Brisbane’s north as being one of the fastest growth areas in Queensland.

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  • Council freezes development services fees and charges

    The decision by Moreton Bay Regional Council not to increase development services fees and charges is welcomed by the UDIA (Qld).

    The new Fees and Charges Schedule took effect on 1 July.

    Moreton Bay Regional Council has set a 250-lot threshold to the fees and charges schedule, which applies to:

    • Reconfiguring a Lot - Code Assessment and Impact Assessment
    • Operational Works - Roads and Drainage - Internal and Non-Trunk Works
    • Endorsement of Plan of Survey - Volumetric, Building Format and Standard

    Council advises developers to refer to the Browse Fees by Category > Development & Building Control to determine the fees to be charged.

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  • Enjoy Exclusive access to the State’s most influential Mayors

    It’s not often you are provided direct access to the state’s most influential leaders on the one day in the one room, but the UDIA (Qld) Mayors Leading Urban Growth breakfast is the chance to experience exactly that.

    The Mayor’s breakfast, taking place on 25 September at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, features 11 regional Mayors discussing the latest development policies, plans and projects.

    Want to be in the hot seat? Host a Mayor’s table exclusively – be quick!

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  • John Harris recognised for his service as Branch President

    The UDIA (Qld) Mackay Whitsunday Branch President John Harris has resigned from the position following a successful three and a half-year term.

    The Institute sincerely thanks John for the significant role he performed as Branch President and acknowledged the dedication, hard work and passion he demonstrated in helping UDIA (Qld) to build better communities in the region.

    UDIA (Qld) President Brett Gillan said John was a highly regarded role model to fellow Queensland Branch Presidents.

    “John’s tenure was one of incredible commitment and we acknowledge the energy, time, experience and skill he contributed to the Institute.

    “John’s impact as Branch President is recognised with several outstanding branch achievements,” Brett added.

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