Queensland Government releases plan to encourage resources sector growth on Cape York Peninsula (21 November 2013)

Queensland’s Liberal-National Government has released for public comment its blueprint for the future of Cape York Peninsula.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Mr Jeff Seeney, said the draft Cape York Regional Plan delivers on the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to balance economic development opportunities such as agriculture and mining, with protection of the regions’ significant natural and cultural resources.

“Labor locked up the Cape with its Wild Rivers Act, but [the current Liberal-National] Government is taking a responsible approach to planning that encourages appropriate resources sector growth and co-existence with existing land uses.

The draft plan proposes 32 per cent of the Cape will be preserved in a number of ‘Strategic Environmental Areas’, including the Wenlock River and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve that will be protected from mining forever when the declaration is finalised.

An additional 53 per cent of the region will be designated as a ‘General Use Area’ available for responsible economic development assessed under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.”

An extended 80-day public consultation period begins next Monday 25 November 2013. Submissions close midnight 25 March 2014.

To view the draft Cape York Regional Plan and to find out how to make a submission, visit www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/cape-york.