Andrew Fraser was guest speaker at a UDIA lunch yesterday; he sported thongs to support Young Care Thong Day.
Andrew Fraser was guest speaker at a UDIA lunch yesterday; he sported thongs to support Young Care Thong Day. Valerie Horton

Nikenbah possible residential area

NIKENBAH has been flagged as an area for future residential and employment growth in the newly released draft regional plan.

State Treasurer Andrew Fraser spoke about the 20-year plan at an Urban Development Institute of Australia lunch in Hervey Bay yesterday.

He said about 7000 extra houses could be built in Nikenbah in the future but there was already significant room for further growth in Hervey Bay in areas already designated for growth.

Mr Fraser said the effects of climate change and increased storm and cyclone activity – therefore the risk of inundation from storm surge and sea surges – was something that had to be managed.

The plan identified Hervey Bay's existing urban area as being at significant risk from storm surge and climate change impacts.

“Further development in the Eli Waters and Dundowran Beach area will need to be responsive to the potential impacts of climate change including sea level rise and the implications of natural hazards such as storm tide inundation,” the plan said.

Mr Fraser said the Fraser Coast would need an extra 21,900 dwellings to cope with a predicted rise in population of 50,000 to almost 150,000 in the next 21 years.

He said it was not just a dormitory plan for housing but about fostering economic development.

According to the plan, potential future upgrades of Urangan Boat Harbour would confirm a marine transport and tourism focus for the marina and its limited potential for marine industry due to its location and tourism focus.

“The plan's about balancing the environmental needs with development needs, industrial development needs with the need to protect the natural environment, you've got to get the balance,” Mr Fraser said.

The draft plan can be viewed at www.dip.qld.gov.au/widebayburnett.



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