Thursday, May 30, 2024

Goondiwindi sees new DA growth

Development in the Goondiwindi Region is continuing to grow into the new financial year, with more than 15 planning applications submitted to Goondiwindi Regional Council last month.

The applications include numerous residential, commercial and rural subdivisions, including a residential subdivision application for more than 90 lots, along with changes and expansions to residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

“Even during a national slowing of the economy, the Goondiwindi Region continues to go from strength to strength and is once again punching above weight,” said Goondiwindi Mayor, Lawrence Springborg AM, who holds Council’s economic development portfolio.

“It’s great to see that confidence is so high among investors and developers in the region.”

A key feature of Council’s 2022-23 Budget is no-cost planning application fees for industrial lot subdivisions. Mayor Springborg said the incentive reflects Council’s focus on industrial land development and ensuring that the region remains an attractive place to do business.

“Ensuring available industrial land is critical for a broad range of sectors,” he said.

“The new incentive is about stimulating private sector investment and doing what we can to create jobs for the future and opportunities for economic growth.”

He said it follows the success of previous incentives for the last financial years when Council offered 50% discounts on planning and development application fees to ensure a strong local recovery effort from drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For an agriculture-based economy, it’s probably no surprise to see such strong growth following a long period of drought,” Mayor Springborg said.

“In regional areas such as ours, we tend to be impacted far more by seasonal influences, such as droughts, than other factors. However, in the last 12 months, more than 150 residential lots have either been approved or come to market in the Goondiwindi Region – and that’s no doubt the envy of many regional communities.

“As always, we want the Goondiwindi Region to be the region of choice for developers and investors and to ensure our reputation as a progressive, pro-business region.”

Council reports that property searches and enquiries within the Goondiwindi LGA have also been significantly higher than in previous years – a fact the Mayor says shows strong interest in local property purchases.

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