Queensland deputy leader Jeff Seeney.

Queensland deputy leader Jeff Seeney. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Queensland councils are seeking urgent advice from the deputy premier after he forced one local government to remove references to predicted sea level rises from its draft regional plan.

In a November letter to the Moreton Bay council, quoted by the ABC, Jeff Seeney wrote: "I direct council to amend its draft planning scheme to remove any assumption about a theoretical projected sea level rise from all and any provision of the scheme."

The Local Government Association of Queensland is seeking urgent clarification from Mr Seeney.

The LGAQ fears councils could be liable for damage if they are forced to remove references to climate change-derived sea level rises from their planning documents, and developments go ahead in vulnerable areas.

It has written to Mr Seeney, seeking clarification about the legally binding directive to the Moreton Bay authority and what implications it might have for other councils.

"Our concern has always been about councils' legal position," LGAQ spokesman Greg Hallam said.

In drafting its regional plan, the Moreton Bay council assumed a 0.8-metre rise in sea level by 2100, and it's understood that assumption has also been reflected in other councils' planning documents.

Mr Seeney told the ABC he had intervened "to ensure residents' rights to build and develop their properties were ... not restricted by their local council".

He said there had been complaints to the government and angry public meetings after the Moreton Bay council decided to include the 0.8-metre sea level rise in their planning scheme.

"I am prepared to protect the property rights of Queenslanders in other council areas should this issue arise again," he said.

 

COMMENTS :

1/ THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE TO HAVE A NEW TOWN PLAN IS BECAUSE OF AMALGAMATION.

2/ BOTH THE LNP GOVT. & THE CONCIL WERE ASLEEP WHEN PREPARING THE DRAFT FOR THE TOWN.

3/ THE ONLY GAVE THE PUBLIC TWO WEEKS TO EXAMINE THE DRAFT OF 4200 PAGES, NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL COULD HAVE READ & UNDERSTOOD THE DRAFT IN TWO WEEKS.

4/ INSURANCE HAS GONE UP THREE FOLD IN FLOOD AREAS, THANKS THE DRAFT BEEN PUT ON PUBLIC DISPLAY.

5/ THE SO-CALLED FLOOD WILL NOT OCCUR UNTIL 2100 ( 86 YEARS).

6/THEN WHY ARE WE PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT MAY HAPPEN IN 86 YEARS.

7/ WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INSURANCE INCREASES...THE STATE GOVT....THE MORETON BAY COUNCIL ...&  THE INSURANCE COMPANIES.ALL THREE ARE!