Ken just wants to build a house
BOONOOROO battler Ken Rodger was shocked when he learned he had to pay $321 to the council’s town planning department to get a preliminary approval to get a building approval to build a house on a Tuan residential estate.
But by the time Mr Rodger goes through all the council and State Government processes to get his modest home up on a half-acre block, he may find himself $2000 to $3000 lighter and suffering from a severe stress headache.
“The Fraser Coast is under a mish mash, a nightmare of rules, regulations and legislation that govern where you can build and what you can build and it’s bogging down council’s planning department in domestic nonsense when they need to be able to concentrate on bigger projects,” private certifier Shane Macklin said.
“I’ve been in this business more than 20 years and the job is getting more and more complicated and more and more demanding. I’m spending 50 per cent of my day on bureaucracy, paperwork and planning requirements instead of on the buildings I certify.”
Mr Macklin emphasises the myriad planning processes for residential structures are not the fault of the council but rather down to the state’s new Sustainable Planning Act’s teething problems in fitting in with council regulations and codes.
“One of the problems we have here is the council is still operating off the four old shire planning processes while it works to bring out a new planning scheme to cover the entire region.”
But Mr Rodger doesn’t care about the overload of planning process variables.
“Why should I have to pay $321 to town planning to get permission to get a permit from their building department to build a house in a council-approved residential estate?
“And then the council tells me I’ll have to wait 20 to 40 working days for the first permit.
“This is absolutely ludicrous. I see it as just another way to rip $321 off me.
“I’ve emailed the premier because this so-called smart state is going backwards at a million miles an hour.
“And at the local level our rates have gone up and our services down.”
Mr Macklin said every domestic building application had to be treated individually because of block and house sizes, “old” council planning schemes, the new state legislation and existing State Government overlays.