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The community of Cherbourg, west of Gympie, is the second Indigenous community in Queensland to adopt a Land Use Planning Scheme.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said the planning scheme, which came into effect this month, would let the Shire Council manage developments in a way that met community expectations. 'The planning scheme is an important step in bringing about improvements for the Cherbourg community, and supporting economic development,' Mr Elmes said.
'It gives Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council the tools to guide its decisions about residential, commercial and industrial growth into the future...By working together with the community, the Shire Council and other groups, we are helping improve the lifestyle of community members while protecting natural surroundings.'
The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, through the Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office, funded and managed the Planning scheme process until completion.
Source: My Sunshine Coast