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Massive changes ahead for Qld’s mining towns

By Staff Reporter
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A new report has come out proposing to ‘meet the challenges’ of mining towns, including land supply and housing problems, according to a state government plan.

The Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan includes a number of initiatives looking to be in place over the next 12 to 24 months.

In particular, the areas of Moranbah, Gladstone, Mackay, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Cairns, Emerald, Mount Isa, Roma and Dalby were flagged as being targeted.

“Major planning reform is underway across the state … but the pressures in some regional and resource communities means that more immediate action is necessary,” deputy premier and minister for state development, infrastructure and planning, Jeff Seeney, said.

In workshops, the four main themes included the state of housing availability, affordability and diversity, issues blocking the release of land supply, opportunities to address these land supply issues and requirements of residential, industrial and commercial land.

More than 100 actions have been identified in response, including new developments and releases.

Smart Property Investment will be looking at these in depth over the week to find out what the potential impact will be for investors in these regions.

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