ULDA fight heads to summit

AN urgent summit has been won following the Blackwater Community Progress Group’s fight against the Urban Land Development Authority’s plan for the town.

BCPG’s chair Kev Cracknell, with mining community advocate Jim Pearce and Moranbah Action Group’s chair Kelly Vea Vea, sent a clear message to the Bligh Government the ULDA’s plan for the region’s mining communities failed in securing residents’ support.

“Our community knows that in order to develop sustainably alongside the mining industry, we need a development plan that focuses on appropriate amounts of permanent family housing, sets caps on temporary accommodation developments and has concrete measures to address housing affordability,” Mr Cracknell said.

The group, in Brisbane on Thursday, told the government the ULDA plan for Blackwater was headed for disaster.

They secured a meeting with Deputy Premier Paul Lucas who agreed to an urgent summit with senior ULDA representatives, the co-ordinator general, department officials and the group of community delegates.

Jim Pearce said the summit would provide the opportunity to detail to the government the specific concerns community groups have with regard to the ULDA’s 30-year plan.

The summit is expected to be held within the next two weeks.

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