Maranoa Regional Council generic. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Maranoa Regional Council generic. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Developer takes Maranoa Council to court

A developer is taking the Maranoa Regional Council to court over a dissatisfaction with the currency period granted with their application.

Axial Resources and Development Pty Ltd filed an appeal to the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane on February 4, to extend the lifespan of an existing approval for a development on 197 - 229 Currey St, Roma.

Court documents show Axial‘s consultant applied to the council for the currency period to be extended to January 17, 2025, but was only granted until January 17, 2022.

The council’s reasoning was that Axial already had two extensions approved for the project and approximately eight years is a reasonable time frame to complete the development.

The development was originally approved on January 17, 2013, and the council issued a decision notice for the contentious extension on January 8, 2021.

It was also assessed against the old Roma Town Council’s 2016 planning scheme, which has now been superseded.

However, Maranoa Regional Council acknowledged the developer’s ability to undertake the development may have been impacted by COVID.

Axial’s grounds of appeal include the development has already started, no explanation of infrastructure charge calculations has been given, the impact of property market cycles, and there is either no or insufficient town planning imperative for the development to be subject to a new assessment.

Maranoa Regional Council filed their entry of appearance on February 8, 2021 and is legally represented by Holding Redlich solicitors.


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