Native Title claim discussions

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has no formal mechanism to collect infrastructure contributions in the former Tiaro shire.

And the planning scheme policies for the old Maryborough city and Woocoo shire only collect contributions for limited networks.

Today councillors will debate the issue, with officers recommending that priority infrastructure plans that use a regulatory infrastructure charges schedule be put together to bring the three areas into line so council can collect contributions.

The PIP for Hervey Bay is, staff say, “well progressed” but the entire region must be formally covered before June 30 next year.

A local Native Title claim by some of the Butchulla locals is coming up for discussion at the community and development committee meeting in Hervey Bay today.

Butchulla have lodged a claim over the whole of Fraser Island, combining the previous claims over that area.

They have also lodged a claim over a vast tract of ocean and land that fall within the Gympie, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and Gladstone council areas.

As the local government body for this area, the council has been invited to become a party to the application.

This will allow the council to become part of the claims process, including any mediation providing it registers its interest with the federal court by January 5 next year.

The two claims have been accepted for registration by the court.

Today's confidential session will cover outstanding consequential amendments under the Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Tiaro planning schemes.

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