Gold Coast Division 1 news August 2014 – Councillor Donna Gates

Draft 2015 Planning Scheme
The Draft Planning Scheme is on public display and submissions are invited should you have a query about the land designation for your property or any other aspect of the proposed Scheme. A new ‘Rural and Environment Precinct’ has been introduced in rural areas and applied to land with environment or landscape values. The purpose of the precinct is to protect the city’s natural landscape and environment areas that perform essential functions such as nature conservation, cultural heritage and other green space values. Since public display of the Scheme, I’ve become aware there may be some anomalies in the application of this precinct and I urge you to check your land and make an informed submission to the draft City Plan 2015, should you believe an error has occurred. Although the Plan was advertised for public comment until 29 July, it has now been agreed that submissions will be accepted up to 20 August 2014.

There has been a flyer distributed to property owners in the Ormeau area, under the title ‘Red Alert’ and you will note there is no name or address included. Council had provided extensive buffers to all quarries in the draft City Plan which was submitted to the State Government in November last year. The State reviewed the draft and required Council to make around 20 changes to the scheme prior to public display. In correspondence to the Mayor dated 15 April 2014 from the Deputy Premier, ministerial conditions were advised that permitted Council to publicly notify the plan but only after making changes as directed. One change was to remove the Extractive Industry Indicative Buffer hatching from all maps with the exception of one, which referred to properties on the plateau at Ormeau, where Council is permitted to retain an indicative buffer in addition to the internal buffers required.

There are a number of investigation areas in the Draft Scheme and I have notified all affected residents within Division 1 (a small area at Courtney Drive/Jenkins Court/Reserve Road Upper Coomera, south side Eggersdorf Road and north of Ormeau Woods High School on Goldmine Road). Council will need to decide whether any of these areas are removed or more included in response to public consultation and then the order in which they are investigated. The decision of what can happen and when will largely relate to the quality and merits of the submission received and any supporting studies. If Council needs to undertake its own detailed studies including infrastructure, environment, slope and land use to support any change and satisfy relevant State interests, I think it is likely these matters would be recommended for a future amendment.

You can make a submission to the scheme by emailing if you believe more extensive buffers are required. Be assured this issue was paramount in my mind due to the previous anomaly whereby properties along the plateau had actually been approved and built over land which is designated by the State as a Key Resource Area. It was something I took forward to have clarified in an effort to protect owners in the future and I was pleased the State made the exclusion relative to the allotments above. With regard to other buffers applied by Council, we had no choice but to remove them given the State Government direction, which is regrettable.

You can speak to Council’s planners before providing a submission to the Draft City Plan 2015. It will be possible for amendments to the plan where clear anomalies exist, without the need for lengthy submissions. Visit or you can submit by email to: or by post to Mr Dale Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042, Gold Coast MC 9729.

Reduced waste disposal charges
Following the repeal of the carbon tax legislation, the carbon tax component has been removed from the City’s waste management fees and charges. This has resulted in the fee to commercial customers being reduced by around $13.50 per tonne.

The full implications of the repeal of the carbon tax legislation is presently being reviewed by legal experts and once advice is received and considered, information on proposed actions will be available.

Mobile library
The mobile library stop at Ormeau has been permanently relocated to the bus interchange area at the intersection of Tillyroen and Peachey roads. The library will visit fortnightly each Saturday from 9.30am to 3.00pm from 19 July.

Ormeau Fair
Don’t forget the Ormeau Fair on the weekend of 9-10 August at Brien Harris Oval. This is Ormeau Lions major fundraising initiative in the north and is a fabulous weekend for us all.

Contact Donna Gates:
By phone 5581 6301, mobile 0424 778 999 or you can email The link to my personal page is:, or you can follow activities on Facebook at

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