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February 18th, 2013


Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell and president of the Fraser Coast branch of the Urban Development Institute Association Ward Veitch look over the draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme which has been released for comment.

THE new draft planning scheme unveiled on Monday by the council could create “robust discussion,” as it allows higher -density development on the Charlton Esplanade.
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Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell admitted there would be some in the community who would not like the new scheme, but said that was why there was a public consultation on the plan until Friday, April 12.

Under the scheme, land along the Esplanade from Pilot St in Urangan to Beach Rd in Pialba has been included in the high density residential zone.

A height of up to 20m is anticipated, rising to 26m in the high density residential precincts.

Cr O’Connell said it was important to note there were a number of conditions that would have to be met before any such development could occur, so it was not as if developers could just take a block of land on the Esplanade and start working.

The Mayor said he expected there would be “robust discussion” about this point.
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Other key changes include outbuildings on vacant land, subdivisions and overlays which deal with heritage and neighbourhood character, flood hazards, coastal protection, biodiversity, waterways and wetlands.

After the public consultation period, the council will consider all properly made submissions and advise each submitter of its response to the issues that have been raised.

The council then advises the Minister of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning if it intends to proceed with the draft planning scheme and, if so, with any modifications.

If the Minister approves the draft scheme, it is anticipated that the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies will be adopted and implemented in mid-2013.
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March 13th, 2012

You are invited to the launch of Council’s latest development initiative – Expressway.

Council has established a range of fast track measures which will significantly reduce timeframes for the assessment of applications.

It is estimated approximately 70 percent of all development applications will be processed through one of the Expressway initiatives.

To find out about the key components of Expressway come along to the launch to be held on

Thursday 22 March 2012   

at 3.45pm (for a 4.00pm start)   

in the Executive Suite / Seminar Room at the USQ Campus in Old Maryborough Road, Pialba. 

Light refreshments will be available after the presentation and Council staff will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding Expressway.

Please RSVP to by Friday 16 March, 2012.


Michelle Knapp
Executive Assistant | Community and Development | Fraser Coast Regional Council | Hervey Bay Office
77 Tavistock Street TORQUAY | PO Box 1943 HERVEY BAY  QLD  4655
Telephone:  (07) 4197 4346 | Facsimile:  (07) 4197 4455

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March 25th, 2011


21 March 2011

In this special edition:

> Business Update
> CCIQ Survey
> Key Elements of the National WHS Act
> Key Changes from current Queensland WHS requirements
> Where to from here?
> Further Information

Business Update

Harmonisation of Workplace Health and Safety

On the 1 January 2012, all jurisdictions across Australia will implement model work health and safety (WHS) laws. This harmonisation process is part of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) National Reform Agenda where all Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed to achieve national consistency through the development of a WHS legislative framework (including model WHS Act, model regulations and Codes of Practice).

The WHS harmonisation process was agreed to in order to deliver similar laws in each jurisdiction to ensure a more consistent approach across state borders, reduce the red tape and compliance costs on business and create a seamless national economy.

The national model Work Health and Safety Act was endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in December 2009. Now, Safe Work Australia (SWA) is consulting on a range of documents that aim to assist employers and other duty holders to comply with their respective duties of care and include the Draft Model WHS Regulations and Model Codes of Practice. The main elements of the new national WHS Act are listed below for your information.

CCIQ Survey

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is currently preparing a submission to SWA in response to this consultation process, as well as preparing information to assist our members and the businesses who receive our WHS services to prepare for the forthcoming changes in legislation. We are also working with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on issues in the lead up to and implementation of the new legislation in Queensland.

As part of CCIQ’s submission to SWA we are undertaking a survey of businesses to obtain an understanding of where employers are at in relation to WHS and to identify concerns employers have about moving to a new system from 1 January 2012. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 March 2011.

To complete the survey click here.

Key Elements of the National Model WHS Act

The national model Work Health and Safety Act was endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in December 2009. Under the Act, duties of care exist for employers, persons in control of a workplace, upstream parties (such as designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers) as well as workers.

Detailed information on the national model WHS Act is available on the SWA explanatory memorandum which can be found by following the link at the Safe Work Australia website.

Within the national model WHS Act is the primary duty of care for employers will be to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and others who may be affected by the carrying out of work. Furthermore, there will be a requirement that officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies exercise due diligence to ensure compliance.

Other key elements of the national model WHS requirements include:

  • Reporting requirements for notifiable incidents such as the serious illness, injury or death of persons and dangerous incidents arising out of the business or undertaking;
  • Authorisations such as licences, permits and registrations (eg. for persons engaged in high risk work or users of certain plant or substances);
  • Provision for worker consultation, participation and representation at the workplace;
  • Provision for the resolution of health and safety issues;
  • Protection against discrimination for those who exercise or perform, or seek to exercise or perform, powers, functions or rights under the Act;
  • An entry permit scheme that allows union officials to inquire into suspected contraventions affecting workers who are members, or eligible to be members of the relevant union and to consult and advise such workers about health and safety matters;
  • Compliance and enforcement measures and sanctions, including enforceable undertakings; and
  • Regulation-making powers and administrative processes, such as the review of decisions.

Key Changes from Current Queensland WHS Requirements

One of the key changes between current Queensland WHS laws and the new system is that the duty of care is quantified by the term “reasonably practicable”, meaning that employers will be required to do what is reasonably practicable to ensure the WHS of their employees, rather than the current obligation for employers to “ensure” the WHS of their employees (an absolute duty of care).

Furthermore, workers will be required to exercise reasonable care to ensure that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons at the workplace.

There will also be a move away from company directors being held liable for infringements by the company, however they will be required to have a positive and proactive duty to exercise due diligence. This requires company directors to:

  • Acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of health and safety matters;
  • Gain an understanding of hazards and risks associated with the company’s operations;
  • Ensure appropriate resources are available for use to eliminate/minimise risks from work carried out;
  • Ensure appropriate processes for obtaining information about incidents, hazards and risks, and responding to them;
  • Ensure processes for complying with duties are implemented, e.g. reporting, consultation arrangements, training and instruction;
  • Verify the provision and use of resources for the matters listed above.

Other key changes between current Queensland WHS laws and the new laws include:

  • There is no reverse onus of proof. The onus of proving all elements of an offence, including whether the duty holder has adopted reasonable practicable measures, rests with the Regulator;
  • Workplace Health and Safety Officers (WHSOs) will not be required, however health and safety representatives (HSRs) have increased training and rights within the workplace;
  • HSRs will represent defined work groups which need to be negotiated with the business operator;
  • Health and safety issues are to be resolved in accordance with an agreed dispute resolution procedure which must be in writing;
  • HSRs will be able to issue provisional improvement notices (PIN’s) and can direct workers to cease work after consultation and an attempt to resolve an issue, or without consultation if there is an immediate and imminent threat to health and safety.

Where To From Here?

The model WHS Act was agreed in 2009. The model WHS Regulations and priority model Codes of Practice have been released for public consultation until the 4 April 2011. Following the closure of this consultation period, SWA will review all submissions and make necessary changes.

In June 2011, the model WHS Regulations package will be presented to and agreed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council. Following approval by Cabinet, all State and Territory Governments will then be responsible for implementing the model Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice in their jurisdictions for commencement on the 1 January 2012.

Further Information

Additional information on the current consultation process is available on the Safe Work Australia website. To contact CCIQ, please email

To complete the survey and go in the draw for a $250 Coles Group and Myer Gift Voucher, please complete the attached survey by 5pm Wednesday 30th March 2011.

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December 8th, 2010

Smart Business Bulletin, Office of Fair Trading, Queensland Government

December 2010

Message from the Minister

Welcome to a special ‘Australian Consumer Law’ edition of the Smart Business Bulletin.

The introduction of the Australian Consumer Law on 1 January 2011 will bring a number of important changes to the Queensland marketplace. For the first time businesses trading across state borders will be regulated by a single set of rules, and consumers will enjoy a broader range of protections covering a greater range of transactions.

This special edition is designed to give you an overview of the Australian Consumer Law and how it may affect your business.

For more information visit

Peter Lawlor MP
Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

Introduction to the Australian Consumer Law

On 1 January 2011, a single, national consumer protection and fair trading law will commence across Australia. It will mean that businesses only have to comply with one fair trading law, regardless of where they are located in Australia.

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) replaces the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act 1974 and large sections of Queensland’s Fair Trading Act 1989. The new Commonwealth Act will be called the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The ACL is designed to:

  • reduce costs to business, as they will only need to comply with one set of national laws
  • enable the confident participation of consumers in markets in which both consumers and businesses trade fairly
  • improve consumer wellbeing through consumer empowerment and protection
  • foster competition.

It is essential that businesses and legal practitioners familiarise themselves with the new legislation to ensure compliance from 1 January 2011.

A series of guides are available, covering:

  • consumer guarantees – an updated set of rights and remedies, similar to Queensland’s current refund and warranty laws
  • sales practices – provisions relating to door-to-door trading, telemarketing, the unsolicited supply of goods and services, lay-by agreements and how goods and services are priced
  • avoiding unfair business practices – advice on avoiding activities that constitute misleading or deceptive conduct and false or misleading representations
  • product safety – a new national regime will commence as part of the ACL
  • unfair contract terms – a court will be able to void unfair terms in standard form consumer contracts.

From 1 January 2011, you will be able to order hard copies of these resources from the Queensland Government bookshop.

What’s changing for Queensland businesses?

The provisions of the ACL are drawn from Australia’s existing fair trading laws, so most businesses will already be familiar with many parts of the ACL.

For Queensland businesses, there are a few significant changes:

  • Lay-by agreements must now be in writing and clearly expressed in plain language. If a consumer terminates a lay-by agreement, the business may only charge a reasonable termination fee (one that covers its costs).
  • A business cannot display a price that is only part of the total cost of an item, without also displaying the total cost as prominently as the part cost. For example, if a consumer must sign a two year contract to qualify for a particular deal, you must display the minimum cost over the two years of the contract, not just a monthly cost.
  • The provisions for door-to-door sales have changed. A consumer is now entitled to a 10 business day cooling-off period. To assist businesses with the transition to these new rules, a business may comply with either the ACL or the pre-existing Queensland laws, up to 30 June 2011.
  • A national regime for product safety will be introduced. Governments will have increased power to issue safety warning notices to the public, issue temporary or permanent bans on unsafe products and compel a business to recall an unsafe product. Anyone involved in the supply chain of a product who becomes aware that it has caused death or serious injury/illness must notify the ACCC.


In early 2011, fair trading experts will be conducting seminars for businesses and consumers throughout Queensland.

Business’ new obligations under the law will be discussed, and fair trading experts will be available to answer your questions.

The seminars are free and open to anyone. Places are limited, so please RSVP by filling in the online form.

Date Town/Suburb Location Time
Mon 31 Jan Brisbane Ground Floor, Primary Industries Building
80 Ann St, Brisbane City
Businesses: 5:15pm and 7:15pm
Wed 2 Feb Cairns Holiday Inn Cairns
Cnr Esplanade and Florence Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 7 Feb Brisbane North Kedron/Wavell RSL
375 Hamilton Road, Chermside
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Wed 9 Feb Mt Isa All Seasons Verona Hotel
Cnr Marian Street and Camooweal Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Thu 10 Feb Townsville The Shoredrive Motel
118 The Strand
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 14 Feb Brisbane South Pacific Golf Club
430 Pine Mountain Road, Carindale
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Wed 16 Feb Rockhampton Rockhampton Leagues Club
Cnr Cambridge Street and George Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 21 Feb Toowoomba Shamrock Hotel Motel
4 Ruthven Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Tue 22 Feb Gold Coast Quality Hotel
Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Wed 23 Feb Caboolture Centenary Lakes Function Centre
Riverview Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 28 Feb Sunshine Coast Maroochydore Surf Club
34-36 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Tue 1 Mar Hervey Bay Hervey Bay RSL and Services Memorial Club
11 Torquay Road, Pialba
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Fri 4 Mar Ipswich Metro Hotel Ipswich International
43 South Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 7 Mar Mackay Quest Mackay
38 Macalister Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Thu 10 Mar Longreach Longreach Civic Centre
96A Eagle Street
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm
Mon 14 Mar Roma Roma Explorers Inn
Warrego Highway
Consumers: 5:30pm
Businesses: 7:00pm

Video resources

A general introduction to the ACL, focusing on consumer guarantees and sales practices, was presented on 26 October. Click here to watch the video.

A product safety presentation, discussing mandatory reporting and recalls, was hosted on 12 November. Click here to watch the video.

A training module for businesses, focusing on consumer guarantees, has been produced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Watch or download the video here.

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September 6th, 2010


New elections were held for the executive with some small changes which will be outlined in the minutes when they become available soon. A good crew selected.

Our honoured president Bill Gosewisch retained his presidency to everyones delight with the re-election of our secretary Donna Gibson.

A number of issues were discussed in the presence of our honoured guests.viz…

1..MP Chris Fowley

2…Clr.Debbie Hawes PH-0458100224

3…Clr. Belinda Mc Neven PH-041777206

Fellow chamber members to be outlined in the minutes later.

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September 6th, 2010


and the confusing Trades & Services Zoning application.

Word is out from a reliable source that there will be clearer defined uses under this zoning instead of the current instead of ‘see how we  feel on the day’ approach by council when looking to use the land/shed for a trade or service.

It is not before time that this is to happen to give a clearer picture to both the developers and the incoming tenant or buyer of such zoned land.

Currently there is no incentive for anybody to go forward with sale contracts or business commencement in a timely fashion as it is left to council to make decisions that from experience are fraught with huge crippling delays and expenses.

No wonder council crys poor from lack of funds from developers.

‘There is also a concern that the majority of councillors are women, who are good at what they do generally in council but who perhaps do not full understand the complexities & risks of development’ it is said.

Increasing charges to developers is certainly not the way to go & just destroys any incentives necessary to move forward .

We have heard all of this before from the spin doctors in council.

Let’s see where this all takes us over the next few months

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