A PRACTICAL approach to land use planning is set to benefit regional Queensland with the introduction of a Bill into State Parliament last week.
Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said the co-existence of the agricultural and resources industry was the intent behind the Regional Planning Interests Bill 2013.
"It's important for the whole region … that the two industries, which are both very important to the economic sustainability of the nation, operate in a financially sustainable way," he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said if enacted, the legislation would ease land use conflicts in regional Queensland.
"It recognises and protects strategic environmental, agricultural and other land uses and provides a framework for successful co-existence between new and existing industries," Mr Seeney said.
The Bill will identify areas of regional interest and focus on managing the impact of resource activities there.
An area of regional interest is an area that contributes to Queensland's economic, social and environmental prosperity.
These areas are broken up into agriculture, social, environmental and living areas, and under the proposed Act a resource activity cannot occur in these areas unless a regional interest authority has been given.
The Regional Planning Interests Bill will repeal the Strategic Cropping Land legislation upon commencement.