Interstate modelling proposed
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE state government should plan ahead for hospitals, schools and other public infrastructure in Tannum Sands, according to Calliope Shire Council.
The council is concerned that Tannum Sands State School is approaching full capacity and the government has not set aside land for another school.
Chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski recently suggested the council make another application to the state government, this time proposing a successful public/private development partnership model used in New South Wales where the government of the state worked with other organisations to open up a tract of its land for development.
"This is a testament to what can be achieved when the state government takes a more pro-active role in ensuring that state-owned land is appropriately managed and developed,'' he said.
Mr Kanofski said he became aware of the NSW project while attending the Local Governments Infrastructure Conference conducted in Sydney recently.
The council has been concerned for some time there was insufficient land in Tannum Sands for the development of urban blocks.
And in December last year it renewed a call to the state government to forward plan for a hospital in Tannum Sands to meet future needs.
Mr Kanofski suggested the council use the NSW model to make a further proposal to the state government to have state owned land in Tannum Sands released for sequential residential development.
"The (NSW) project has been very successful right through to planning of appropriate transport integration,'' he said.