Developments continue to roll in during COVID-19
29 October 2020
Following the announcement of the Southern Downs Regional Council’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Package in May, business confidence remains strong in the region as development applications continue to roll in for Council’s consideration and approval.
Despite the uncertain economic climate, Council’s relief offer of a fifty percent reduction to development assessment fees has seen a steady increase in development approvals, with Planning and Development recording the strongest quarter of 2020 in the middle of COVID-19.
The strong quarter is further bolstered by the most Operational Works approvals than any other quarter on record. This growth has consisted of a variety of projects, ranging from duplex houses to poultry farms with capacity of almost 200,000 birds.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said Council was focused on keeping the economy moving and keeping people in jobs.
“While the road has been particularly rocky this year, our region’s economy has not been derailed,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“Council’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Package was intended to provide immediate relief and support to the region by offering reduced fees and concessions.
“The fact that development interest and applications have not come to a grinding halt, but have increased during a time of uncertainly and concern, is a positive sign for the region as restrictions begin to ease.”
Projects are continuing across the region and progressing towards completion.