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Details of development/area/planning instrument The Bundaberg Regional Council is directed to amend the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 to determine the most appropriate planning and development outcomes to ensure a greater level of protection for the MRRP from the effects of urban development including siting, design, reconfiguration and domestic lighting provisions.
Local government Bundaberg Regional Council
Relevant state interest
  • Biodiversity
  • Coastal environment
  • Tourism
Reference number 10
Minister providing direction Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
Date of notice on direction 19 February 2017
Direction Amend the Bundaberg Regional Planning Scheme 2015 to determine the most appropriate planning and development outcomes to ensure a greater level of protection for the MRRP from the effects of urban development including siting, design, reconfiguration and domestic lighting provisions.
This includes:
  • Integration of domestic lighting requirements within the planning scheme in order to limit the impact of direct and overflow lighting from urban areas.
  • Consideration of the density, scale and form of future residential development balancing expansion of the Burnett Heads area without detrimentally impacting the coastal environment and the MRRP.
  • Inclusion of provisions in relation to lighting and glare, windows and lourves, window tinting and landscape buffering to reduce the impact on the MRRP.
  • The removal of existing allotments associated with the proposed TLPI from the Central Coast Urban Growth Area Local Plan.
  • Amendment of the level of assessment tables of the Emerging Community Zone to allow for a density of residential development appropriate to the protection of the coastal environment and the MRRP.
  • Undertaking in conjunction with the state (the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, the Department of State Development, the Department of National parks, Sport and Racing and the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning), preparation of planning measures to address the cumulative impacts of residential development adjacent to the MRRP.
Reasons for giving direction The direction is necessary to give effect to the state interests of biodiversity, coastal environment and tourism within the State Planning Policy (April 2016) and contribute to the protection of the Loggerhead Turtle which is listed as endangered under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and nationally under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
State response
Council submission 13 December 2016
Notice of proposed exercise of power to give a ministerial direction 18 November 2016

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