LNP wants inquiry into state government North Stradbroke Island land plans

STRADDIE STOUSH: Deb Frecklington wants a parliamentary inquiry into the temporary planning instrument revealed this week. Photo: Jordan Crick
STRADDIE STOUSH: Deb Frecklington wants a parliamentary inquiry into the temporary planning instrument revealed this week. Photo: Jordan Crick

THE LNP has promised an inquiry into state government planning changes which have rezoned North Stradbroke Island land for development, if elected in October.

The planning instrument, revealed on Monday, overrides Redland City Council's city plan and rezones 25 lots of native title land for residential, industrial and tourism development.

According to a spokesman, Redland City Council was not aware of the plans until they were published in the Government Gazette this week.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington said the land deal would have a major impact on the future of the island and residents had been left in the dark.

An inquiry would examine the confidential Indigenous land use agreement, the circumstances surrounding the temporary planning instrument, and the value of the state government's deal with QYAC.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson said there was widespread community anger over the secret deal by Labor.

"The community has a right to know the details of Labor's secret deal that potentially impacts hundreds of blocks across the whole island," Mr Robinson said.

"This is all based on the still-secret ILUA negotiations of the past Bligh Labor Government."

Planning Minister Cameron Dick said there had so far been no development applications and no transfer of land.

"(The planning instrument) has one purpose - to require Redland council to undertake more consultation in relation to any development opportunities," he said.

"This is a rezoning that allows the Straddie community to have their say on future opportunities around economic growth, jobs and housing on the island.

"If locals feel they are not being consulted, can I assure them they will be consulted for years to come as part of this process."

A council spokesman said Mr Dick had directed council to amend the planning scheme according to the new plans.

"Council has two years to do this and we will consult the community as part of it," the spokesman said.

"Redland City Council has had limited involvement in this process since 2015."