Conflict resolution between the Queensland agriculture and resource sectors is imminent, with the first meeting regarding the Darling Downs Regional Plan held this week (July 24).
Deputy premier and minister for state development, infrastructure and planning Jeff Seeney said the committee meeting was the first step in ensuring a widespread community consultation about the co-existence of resource and agricultural sectors in the region.
“The Darling Downs Regional Planning Committee creates an accessible forum to address community issues and interests,” Mr Seeney explained.
“Communities will be represented by their mayors who will be responsible for presenting the views of their local regions during the process. Industry representatives will also have a voice at the table.”
With diverse agricultural assets in the resource rich Darling Downs region, it is imperative that the area is developed with substantial input from community members.
Mr Seeney said: “This plan will ensure the region grows in a managed and sustainable way and allow us to deal with urban expansion, the timing and sequencing of infrastructure, enhancing tourism opportunities and the management of environmental impacts.”
The committee would represent the diversity of the Darling Downs region, which encompasses the Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Western Downs, Maranoa, Balonne and Goondiwindi councils.