Jamieson looks for cooperation on infrastructure charge caps

SUNSHINE Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was happy to work with the government to find common ground over newly introduced infrastructure charge reforms to get the best possible outcome for ratepayers across the region.

Cr Jamieson, who was speaking at an Urban Development Institute of Australia breakfast in Brisbane on Friday, said the council's focus was on economic development and creating diversity and jobs.

A key talking point at the event surrounded the maximum cap councils can charge for infrastructure on new developments.

Councils across the state claim that by limiting the amount they can charge developers for infrastructure like water, sewerage, storm water, roads and parks will restrict their capacity to provide it in the future.

"We have been trying to take an economy that is very reliant on too few industries and had too shallow of an economy to something that has a lot more going for it," Cr Jamieson said.

"But clearly we have an interest in preserving the interests of our incumbent ratepayers so they are not shackled with increasing costs in the process."

Cr Jamieson told more than 200 business and industry leaders who attended the event there was three main developments underway that was driving the region's economic prosperity.

"The new hospital being developed at Kawana is a significant development," he said.

"The new CBD at Maroochydore, which is being developed on a greenfields site, would be unique to anywhere in Australia along with the internationalisation of our airport with a new runway."



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