Long legacy of approval

THE man who gave environmental approval and allocated State Development land in Gladstone has resigned.

Queensland’s Co-ordinator-General Colin Jensen is resigning from public service after 23 years.

Mr Jensen was responsible for the state’s environmental impact approvals with the power to declare a project to be a significant project for which an environment impact statement was required.

A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning confirmed the Co-ordinator was resigning from the public service to take up a position in the Brisbane City Council.

“Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has formally announced that Mr Jensen will take up the CEO role on 9 August,” the spokesman said.

“An active recruitment process for the CG position is under way.”

The Co-ordinator General has recently come under criticism regarding the fast pace with which state environmental approvals were given in Gladstone to the LNG industry, including the allotment of State Development land.

Mr Jensen completed his review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the BG Group-owned project and approved it with strict conditions less than two weeks ago.

Gladstone Mayor George Creed said Colin Jensen had undertaken his role in a very professional manner giving the council the courtesy of listening and fully considering any issue raised.

“We can ask no more of the Co-ordinator General and we wish him all the best for the future,” Cr Creed said.

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group chief executive Kurt Heidecker said in terms of a transition it depended on the successor.

“I expect the department to follow his existing policy,” he said.

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