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Jeff Seeney. Sharyn O'Neill

Seeney invites council to talks on urban development

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has invited Sunshine Coast councillors to meet with him to discuss the contentious inclusion of 1400ha of land south of Caloundra for potential urban development.

On Tuesday the council deferred adoption of its new planning scheme until a meeting could be held with Mr Seeney, who is the Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister.

Mr Seeney said he would welcome the opportunity to discuss issues arising from the plan with council, rather than communicating through the media.

A media stoush between the council and State Government erupted on Monday when Premier Campbell Newman told the Daily the council had failed to communicate its vision for the region to the government.

"The Planning Scheme is an important document - a lot of work has gone into it and a lot of consultation has occurred with the community, so it is important we get it right,'' Mr Seeney said.

"I want to be sure there is some fact and logic behind council's argument not to include the land parcel at Halls Creek as an investigation area for potential growth.

"I need to be sure they are not just listening to advocacy groups peddling their particular interest, rather than considering the long-term needs of the Sunshine Coast community."

Mr Seeney said he would be willing to meet with council as soon as next week, and Sunshine Coast MPs would be invited as well.

Caloundra Weekly  Caloundra Weekly

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