Development applications plunge 30% in Mackay
DEVELOPMENT applications in Mackay Regional Council are down 30-35% a month compared to the start of the financial year.
However, planning and development services portfolio councillor David Perkins said previously they were at a higher base so these rates were returning to a more normal level.
Cr Perkins said actual approvals were about the same as in April last year.
"I guess where we're heading is that we've really got to take a very, very close look at what's coming through and consider everything on its merits," he said.
One way the council is looking at increasing development applications is by changing how low-risk development approvals are assessed, by offering help to fast-track them.
"It is something the development industry is very keen about and, of course, time is money as far as development is concerned," Cr Perkins said.
"That is part of this development assessment project that we're embarking on now with organisations like the Urban Development Institute of Australia."
Cr Perkins said there was no doubt everyone was going through a tough time.
"Unlike maybe other centres ... the future is such that people like these developers are going to the next stage of their developments," he said.
"We had 141 people call us about planning matters in the last month, so that just shows that it's still out there and people want to do things. That is a good outcome."
Cr Perkins said it was critical to stay positive.
"If you talk things down, guess where you're going to head - it's a fact of life."